I have tried completing the tutorial. I have also watched (and will continue to watch YouTube tutorials). I tried two campaigns. One as a Romanian Count of Severin and I got destroyed by the Hungarians. The second I was an Irish chief of Desmond on "Newb Island". I am still playing this one, I learned how to raid, and build up my infrastructure first. However, I still do not generate enough gold and I am currently getting threatened by a Normandy kingdom.
I am okay with losing and struggling. For instance, I made to weak claims without knowing what I was doing and West Francia came and showed me why I shouldn't do that followed by some Scandinavian lord. I just want a fighting chance and see some progress.
So, my questions is, what are some 2nd nature steps that competent players of Crusader Kings 2 will make to start generating gold? I first get married, then set up my court. Next, I raid to try to get money. I was able to ransom a lord which greatly helped. If it is too broad a question since there are many different lords and situations, You can just answer pertaining to a player starting in Desmond. Thank you so much for your help!