this weekend the newsletter hit 20k subscribers. Welcome to all our new readers!
Here’s what’s on the menu today:
5 handpicked AI productivity-boosting tools
A prompt for positioning your next online course
A deep dive on the AI image upscaler that’s been buzzing this week
How people are already monetizing with OpenAI's new GPT feature
⚒️ 5 Handpicked AI Tools
Text Blaze - I use text blaze to store, edit and easily access all of my prompts (link)
Elevenlabs - Clone your voice and create simple voiceovers (link)
Perplexity - A good ChatGPT alternative, especially for research tasks where sources are needed (link)
Drafthorse - Create SEO optimized blog articles with AI en masse (link)
Typefully - Schedule your X and LinkedIN posts and use built-in AI features to edit your content (link)
🤖 Prompt Template: Brainstorm your online course positioning
This prompt is useful for creators and solopreneurs thinking about creating their next online course. If you already have a rough idea what your next course should be about, this prompt will help you to think about different ways to position your course and which segments of your audience to target.
You are a subject matter expert and advisor with a deep understanding of [enter relevant subjects].
Your goal is to help me identify the direction, positioning, title and content of an online course that I am planning to build. Give me 10 ideas how to position a course around the topic of [enter your topic].
Here are some examples of the kind of output I'm looking for:
- [Example 1]
- [Example 2]
Context of my audience:
[description of my audience]
Context of my audience's goals:
[description of my audience's goals]
Get the full prompt here (and see how I filled out the blanks with information relevant to my use case).
🔧 Tool Deep Dive: Upscale your images with Magnific
I got early access to Magnific this week and it’s one of the most interesting AI tools I’ve seen lately. It’s an AI image upscaler and enhancer, but different.
Most existing image upscalers take one pixel and use learned patterns to predict and add extra pixels (the ones I’ve tried in the past didn’t get me great results to be honest.) But Magnific actually uses a generative AI engine in the background and generates an entirely new image, that just “resembles” the original image closely. This allows it to “hallucinate” new details into the image as well and the results are pretty incredible.
Here are some examples with landscape photos:
The photos look way more crisp after running them through the engine.
It also works well with AI-generated faces, by adding more details and turning the portrait into a more realistic version:
In the dashboard you’re able to add your own prompt to “guide” the upscaled image, as well as adjust several variables:
💡 Learning: How people are already monetizing GPTs
GPTs were released by OpenAI about 3 weeks ago. As a reminder, this is the feature in ChatGPT that let’s you build your own custom chatbots with your own data. You can then share access to the chatbot and let other people use it as well.
While OpenAI has announced that they will soon release a marketplace and allow for monetization of GPTs, some folks have taken this matter into their own hands and have started monetizing their GPTs in creative ways.
Pieter Levels (@levelsio on X) created a GPT app that rates your dating profile pics and gives you advice on how to improve them. He has now set up a simple paywall to his GPT. After a payment of $9.99, customers get access to his GPT app.
Nick Dobos (@NickADobos on X) has created a GPT that helps programmers work more efficiently. His GPT is free to use and it’s monetized through an in-app link to a tipjar, which has now made him over $2k.
So if you know how to write great prompts and have access to high-quality, propriety data targeted for a specific task, now is a great time to start building a GPT and start monetizing it. We are still super early!
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