Common Struggles of GPT Developers: Profitability, Access Statistics and User Identification

:grinning: Developers of GPTs, are you experiencing the same problems: confused by the lack of a way to make a profit, inability to count the detailed access trends of GPTs, inability to identify users, and so on.

If there is a product that helps you authenticate and identify users, store user preferences, provide detailed access statistics, and earn money by showing ads, how much would you will pay for it?

Please feel free to leave a comment to discuss!

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The only approved method for monetizing GPTs is through the proposed revenue sharing plan OpenAI announced at Dev Day.

Yes. It has been more than 2 months and still there is no update on all of these issues. OpenAI is being very very silent.

But for me the biggest issues are the inability to monitor GPT usage (as you said), and the way GPTs are promoted: catchy names receive more flow even though they often have zero added value (no knowledge files and no actions). My example is: let’s say there are two GPTs one called “Math” the other “Random”. Let’s also say that “Math” has zero added value (it is the basic model with just custom instructions), while “Random” has a bunch of actions that do actual math. Currently, Math will receive more flow because people who want to solve a math problem just look for “math” in the store. My proposed solution is to add keywords: in this case, both will have the “math” keyword. So once users search for this keyword, also Random, which is more useful than Math, will show up in the list.

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Did they specify? Also, OpenAI still has not published the rules for monetization, which is very embarrassing for the many developers who must maintain their GPTs while paying membership fees.

Couldn’t agree more. The current GPT Store also has traffic issues. Currently, regular GPTs can only be found by the search drop-down list. However, the number of entries displayed in the search drop-down list is very limited. Therefore, there needs to be more marketing and promotion strategies. This one currently has external navigation sites, but the impact is still very limited. This is also an awkward problem.

And yet, after two months still no update… Just waiting for Gemini to catch up and I’m out if conditions don’t change…

Hoping for an OpenAI-Microsoft partnership to introduce ads on our custom GPTs.
Also, allowing limited access to our tools without signup, like Pinterest does, could really help prevent traffic bounce. Forcing signups can drive people away, and since traffic equals money, it’s essential not to shut out potential users. Plus, when traffic bounces back, Google penalizes us, which underscores the need for a more open access approach.
A dashboard to track traffic sources and prioritize GPTs based on their popularity would be invaluable. Just thinking out loud about ways to keep the platform welcoming and to maximize our traffic potential.

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Regarding to inability to identify users, adding an action with OAuth authentication could fix this problem.

For example, in my GPTs ChatGPT - Drifting Bottle Messenger , i add OAuth for most of customized actions like below,

Once use sign in one action, you can persist that, including user account, profile, activities.

Hope this can help.


Yes, OAuth is a good solution. However, every developer needs to develop their own OAuth component. If there is a product that provides easy access to OAuth capabilities, I believe it would save many people development time and costs.