New Way To Track
A new mini-map UI was included within the newest Patch 4.0.1. Now all players can select multiple options to be "tracking" within the mini-map. Each trackable group on the mini-map has its own marker as well. Previously we could only track 1 thing at a time. I rolled a test character and confirmed that both Mining and Herbalism (or Find Herbs and Find Minerals) can both be shown on the mini-map together (see above image). This is a very nice change.
With this new change it is much easier to make an uber-farming character with both herbalism and mining simultaneously. A macro to swap back and worth tracking types is no longer needed. You now can see the nodes and herbs on your mini-map. This now is the ideal set-up for making money while leveling because it just became much easier and not annoying. If you were leveling a character with double gathering you would never have to pass up a mineral node or herb again. This is much faster of a leveling combo than Herbalism or Mining and Skinning. Removing skinning when thinking of speed. A major drawback is the time it takes to skin. So Double Gathering as Miner / Herbalist is the ideal choice for ease and speed purposes. Both selling herbs and selling ores / bars are in constant demand on any server and the new gold standard when making money while leveling.
Track Low Level Quests
You also can now turn on the ability to always track low level quests. This is nice because if you were a miner or herbalist working on the Loremaster Achievement, you couldn't track low level quest givers and your nodes. Now it is set it and forget it! So the new mini-map changes that Blizzard gave us are a very nice addition indeed.
What Class And Race Combo Do You Think Is The Best For A Farming Only Alt?