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How to Build and Test Your Own Chatbot for Free on Zapier ... Without a ChatGPT Plus Account

A step-by-step video tutorial for you and your team

Are you disappointed with the GPT chatbot builder in ChatGPT, because you need to be a Plus subscriber to both build and use these?

Well, it’s actually quite easy to build and test your own chatbot for free without a Plus account. I’ve been doing it for several months now.

So today I’m showing you how to do this in one of my favorite tools - Zapier. (Video available at the top of this page.)


Zapier is an online automation tool that connects your favorite apps, such as Gmail, Slack, and over 2,000 more, enabling you to automate repetitive tasks without coding or relying on developers to build the integration.

Sounds fancy, but don't worry if you're not tech-savvy.

Zapier might seem intimidating at first glance, but it's surprisingly user-friendly. The real magic happens in the 'interfaces' section, where you can create not just chatbots but also other types of interfaces like tables and applications.

The process of setting up a chatbot on Zapier is quite straightforward – you simply define the chatbot's structure, integrate your personalized guidelines, and adjust settings like creativity. Watch the video above for more details.

The beauty of these chatbots lies in their customization. You can tailor them to fit specific aspects of your workflow, whether it’s providing targeted feedback or assisting with particular tasks. The key is to define prompts and responses that align with your objectives and style.

Another exciting aspect of Zapier's chatbots is their integration potential. While they're great standalone tools, their real power shines through when connected to other applications or embedded in systems like an LMS or a website.

Looking ahead, I see chatbots evolving across four distinct levels:

  1. Bots as Tools: Chatbots designed for individual or team-specific tasks.

  2. Bots as Products: More complex bots that integrate personal data and automations.

  3. Bots as Service: Advanced bots built on corporate knowledge bases, requiring technical expertise and more robust tools.

Each level offers unique benefits and complexities, but one thing remains constant: chatbots are most valuable when they enhance or are integrated into other valuable systems.

Whether you're a teacher, a team leader, or just someone curious about AI, I highly encourage you to experiment with these tools.

And if you're just starting, Zapier is an excellent platform to begin your journey with chatbots.

Coming soon: A free tutorial on Poe chatbots and a deep dive into my GPTs for premium subscribers.

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Lance Cummings