“Dang, you level fast!” is something I’ve heard in guild chat lately. That’s partially because I was pushing hard to get Ghostfire from 12-30 in a week and a half, before I had to leave for a trip. But it’s also because after a while, you get to know how to level quickly in WoW without wasting a lot of time messing around. Here’s how I do it — results may vary.
Train at least one, if not two gathering skills (mining + skinning, herbs + skinning are both great combos). Get the auctioneer mod. Scan the AH once a day, and post everything green, linen that you’re not using for FA, and crafting items on there. Now you don’t have to worry about money, period.
The second most important thing is to find a guildie or a guy you can pay to port/summon you to Shatt. You WILL want to set your hearth there and never, ever change it. Shatt has portals to all four major cities on Azeroth, and will save you butt-loads of time waiting for boats/flying around.
Resist the urge to get into grinding mode in the early levels, and actually DO all of the starting zone and 10-19 zone quests. All of them should be easy, relatively few grouping quests, and decent XP. It also passes the time quickly, and once you’ve done a certain starting zone a couple times, you’ll know exactly where to go.
At 20-22, head to Redridge, do as many in-zone quests as you can pick up (I’ve never done the ones that had me running around for ale more than once). If you can find a group for the group quests, great; if not, don’t fret. Goblins and orcs are GREAT to grind on — good drops and money.
By 25, head to Darkshire and work your way through ALL of the quest chains there. There’s a lot to keep you busy, and this zone rocks for mob density. Undead drop pretty good stuff, and the wargen are great to skin (along with the doggies you’ll find all around). Grave moss, for herbalists, is abundant in the graveyards (duh).
All this is prepping for level 30, at which point you should enter into Jame’s Alliance Leveling Guide, which will take you from 30-60 far, far faster than if you were putzing around in zones by yourself. I’ve done the guide twice, and the xp/hour is totally worth it. However, you MUST enter into this guide at 30 and stick to it — there are a lot of chains, and it’s tremendously difficult to just jump into the level 36 section, for instance, without doing the previous stuff.
By level 58, you should abandon the guide and head for Outland. Just take your time, clear out each zone’s quests and upgrade that armor. If you really take your time and do all of the quests, you should hit 70 by the time you finish Hellfire-Zang-Terrakor-Nagrand. Then you have three zones’ worth of quests to help you build up even more money toward your epic flyer.
I’m sure the other experience Wasters (that’s what I’m calling a guildie in TWW) will have good tips for efficient, speedy leveling too.