I started a casual corporation for newbs in EVE, it's called 5 Year Plan and you can read about it here.
In other news, I manufactured some 300 Ogre I drones and the expected profit is 10mil, we'll see how fast they move!
So I downloaded this neat Android app, EVE Industry Calculator, that calculates whether or not it is profitable to manufacture an item from a blueprint. I found that the Ogre 1 drone can be sold for more than the cost of the minerals used to manufacture it. Unfortunately, this requires a certain level of skills. The better your production efficiency and industry skill levels, the more your profit is. I have level 4 production efficiency and level 4 industry which gives me a decent profit. When I get to level 5 production efficiency, my profit will have increased a LOT because the cost of production will be greatly reduced.
To further lower the costs of production, I did some mining for a few hours. Boring but it does help a bit. If you're going to do this, train up your mining and refining skills. If you're mining veldspar (which has the most amount of tritanium I think...) then you'll want to train up the veldspar processing skill.
The only trouble with manufacturing and selling items is that it'll take a while to sell them off. Some drones aren't bought that frequently or in high enough volume to be worthwhile to sell. I suggest checking out the volume that items are sold by using the Price History in the Market window. The blueprint cost a bit too so now I'm stuck manufacturing a lot of the drones and selling them just to make up the cost of the blueprint.
Someone on the newbie forum asked what they should do next. They said they felt "lost and without direction". Someone replied with a link to a nice poster that details a lot of what you can do in EVE. I wrote it up as text which is a bit easier to read and scroll around than the poster.
After some discussions on the forums, the in-game chat channels, and Twitter I thought it would be a good idea to write down the total amount of ISKs you can get from a mission. I went through the mission, looted everything I could find, salvaged everything I could find, and then figured out how much ISKs you could earn from that. Not only that, but I looked at the amount of loyalty points earned (which also results in ISK if you sell items that were bought through Loyalty Points) and the amount of ISK/minerals you get from reprocessing the loot.