Have you heard of ChatGPT? It’s highly likely that you have. ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched in November 2022.
What is artificial intelligence? Well, it’s intelligence. What’s intelligence? Well, it’s perceiving, synthesizing, and inferring information. It’s sort of what human beings do when they are thinking. Only it’s being done by a machine. A machine that thinks.
Scared? You should be. But before we talk about machines taking over the world, and ethics, and all that worrying stuff, let’s talk about how it can benefit us. Specifically, I’m using ChatGPT’s AI chatbot to come up with ideas for PoD (Print on Demand) products and then I’m using it to help with the product creation. Sounds cool, huh?
First of all, I would like you to open an account at ChatGPT. You probably have already. It’s a chatbot. Ask it questions (or, in ChatGPT parlance, prompts) and it’ll respond. It really could be a Google killer.
Have a look at this prompt I put into ChatGPT. I couldn’t remember the size and resolution (ppi) of an Amazon Merch On Demand image when you’re exporting from Adobe Illustrator. Just look at the answer I got!
Yes, and this is exactly the correct answer. You have to make the Adobe Illustrator document 15 inches wide by 18 inches tall, and then export with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Perfect!
So, compare and contrast. I asked Google the exact same question.
Rubbish! I didn’t get the correct answer immediately. As usual, with Google, I got a lot of general information that didn’t answer the question. I got a load of ads (you can’t see above). And, I didn’t even get the correct answer when I clicked on any one of the “More to ask” options.
Google 0 — ChatGPT 1
But let’s get on to the matter at hand. Using ChatGPT With PoD, Amazon Merch On Demand, and KDP Low Content Books.
In recent years, print-on-demand (PoD) and self-publishing (especially in the form of low content books such as journals, notebooks, and planners) have emerged as two of the most popular business models for creatives and entrepreneurs. But, trust me, creating these products is time-consuming. This is where ChatGPT comes in. In this article, we will explore how to use ChatGPT with PoD, Amazon Merch, and KDP low content books, and how it can save you time and energy in the product creation process.
First of all, how NOT to do it
This (below) was my first attempt. It was rubbish. Too general.
OK, there are a few general ideas in there. But they are far too general to work with. Plus, there are suggestions that would clearly be against Amazon’s terms for using copyrighted material. Creating a shirt with references to Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bob Marley, popular sports teams? They are no-nos! You’ll get your products rejected by Amazon before they even go live.
But, the first suggestion, a humorous or catchy slogan such as “I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my opinion”. Well, that got me thinking.
It’s obvious to me now. But, when you’re writing prompts, it’s better to be as specific as possible.
Be as specific as possible when writing prompts for ChatGPT
So, I doubled down on the humorous, catchy slogan idea.
And, you know, some of them aren’t that bad. Anyone who’s been doing Print On Demand for as long as I have knows that coming up with ideas can be the hardest part.
I put some of these ideas on Amazon as t-shirts. So far no sales. But we’ll see.
Using ChatGPT for Amazon KDP Low Content book ideas and content
As many of you know, I sell low content paperback books on Amazon KDP. These books make me a ton of money by selling in the US and Europe, year after year.
These books typically include journals, notebooks, planners and other books with minimal content such as lined pages, grids, and prompts. Using ChatGPT for KDP low content books can save you a lot of time, especially in the content creation process. For example, if you want to create a gratitude journal, you can ask ChatGPT for “Gratitude journal prompts” and sit back and watch ChatGPT generate you money making ideas! You can then use these ideas to create the content for your journal.
The above paragraph came from ChatGPT itself but I rewrote it a little bit!
But, the best bit is yet to come! Have a look at this video:
The above video shows you not only how to use ChatGPT to come up with content ideas for book on Amazon, it can also create that content for you. In the above video I show you how to create “useful information” to accompany a planner to sell on Amazon.
Best practices for using ChatGPT
- First, be specific with your prompts. The more specific your prompt, the more relevant the generated ideas will be.
- Second, write prompts based on previous prompts. As you can see in the video. If you don’t get what you want at the first time of asking, you can refine your prompts based on the generated ideas. Try tweaking your prompt or adding additional prompts.
- Third, use ChatGPT as a tool, not a replacement for your own creativity. The generated ideas should be used as a starting point for your own creative process.
- Fourth, allied to the above point, check the facts of ChatGPT answers. Some of the useful information I got from ChatGPT was incorrect. Most of it was correct at it was still less time-consuming than using Google!
The above list was written with help from ChatGPT!
Final pieces of advice
I bet you’re wondering whether this is me, Rob Cubbon, writing this, or whether it’s ChatGPT? I think this is going to be the nature of things going forward. We’ll be permanently thinking, is this human or is this a machine?
But, anyway, when using ChatGPT for product creation, there are also a few common mistakes to avoid.
Firstly, this is coming from the machine itself: Don’t rely on the machine. Don’t rely too heavily on the generated ideas. It’s important to use your own creativity and judgment when creating products.
Second, don’t use copyrighted or trademarked material without permission. Well, this is always a problem. Anyone who’s uploaded at Amazon Merch will know that you’ll have a product rejected if it mentions any sort of trademark, and too many rejections will get your account banned. However, you are totally free to sell any products generated by ChatGPT, Midjourney, or any other AI tool. As long as the final product does not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights.
While ChatGPT can generate ideas, it’s up to you to ensure that the final product does not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights and, more importantly, it’s up to you to ensure the quality of the product. You could get AI to write you a 25,000 word Kindle or paperback book. But, don’t do this! Amazon can check if text is poor quality AI-generated content and they will not publish the book if your content is thus flagged.
And, remember, the more specific prompts are best. And, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So, if the first prompt doesn’t get what you want, follow up with another prompt. Tweak or refine your original prompt to get what you want.
ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can be used to streamline the product creation process for PoD, Amazon Merch, and KDP low content books. You’ll be surprised by the ideas that ChatGPT comes up with. And it may be able to help you create products that stand out from the competition. However, it’s important to use ChatGPT as a tool, not a replacement for your own creativity and judgment.