Making money with ChatGPT plugins

ChatGPT plugins are here and they open up a completely new ecosystem for new innovations and online businesses. In this post, you'll learn how it's possible to make money with ChatGPT plugins.

ChatGPT plugins allow you to extend ChatGPT with other third-party services. This is a huge opportunity for developers of third-party applications to reach million of ChatGPT users. ChatGPT plugins can be built as completely free-to-use, but they can also be made behind a paywall, such as a monthly subscription.

To get started with building ChatGPT plugins and making money with them, you will first need an idea for a plugin and then you will need to build the actual plugin.

1. Come up with an idea for a ChatGPT plugin

Coming up with a unique idea for a ChatGPT plugin is probably the hard part. While the ChatGPT plugin ecosystem is still relatively new, there are still quite a lot of opportunities for a unique plugin. Some general ideas might include things like; real-time information, knowledge-based, action-based, or news related.

An example would be to build an API that fetches the top Hacker News articles and feeds them to ChatGPT.

2. Read ChatGPT plugin documentation

Once you have an idea for a ChatGPT plugin, it’s a good idea to learn how to build a plugin by reading the ChatGPT plugin documentation.

Building a ChatGPT plugin is quite straightforward once you understand all the requirements. Basically, building a ChatGPT plugin boils down to the following steps:

  1. Provide a manifest
  2. Building an API
  3. Creating OpenAPI definition
  4. Running the plugin
  5. Writing descriptions

3. Build a ChatGPT plugin

Once you have a general understanding of what it takes to build a ChatGPT plugin, all that is left to do is to build the plugin. If you are not comfortable with building a plugin yourself, you might need to hire a developer (or a webmaster) who can build the plugin for you.

There are many different ways, technologies, and techniques to actually build the plugin. You could use programming languages such as Python, Node.js, or Java to name a few. You could also deploy your API to different clouds, such as Google Cloud, AWS, Cloudflare, etc.

It’s good to keep in mind that many different cloud providers have different pricing models and if your plugin happens to become popular, you might get a big bill at the end of the month.

In general, ChatGPT plugins are simply APIs, which means they can easily utilize serverless architecture, which can bring down costs significantly.

4. Make money with ChatGPT plugin

The way to make money with ChatGPT plugin is by building an authentication system on top of your plugin and asking your users a fee for using the plugin. ChatGPT plugins provide a way to use different authentication methods, such as OAuth, which allow you to require ChatGPT users to log in to your plugin before using them. This means that you can make sure that your plugin’s users have a valid subscription for using your plugin.

5. Publish your ChatGPT plugin

When you have built your plugin, all that is left to do is integrate it with ChatGPT and take it to production. Whether your plugin is paid or not it’s good to keep in mind that your plugin might need to be updated regularly and you need to monitor the usage of your API so that you don’t run into unexpected costs.

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