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Do you want to know the cool and creative ways people are using ChatGPT?

You’ve come to the right place!

We’ve rounded up the 15 most mind-blowing ways people use this AI-powered wizard.

So buckle up and get ready for a wild ride because we’re about to give you a full dose of ChatGPT goodness.

1. SEO Keyword Strategy

When it comes to SEO planning, ChatGPT can be a powerhouse.

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ChatGPT can help you pinpoint underserved topics related to your niche.

I asked ChatGPT for the top keyword clusters I should target for NichePursuits.com

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Well, we’re cooking now!

Next, I had ChatGPT whip up a juicy list of 7 top-notch article titles for the Niche Website Ideas cluster.

The beastly AI delivered this slick markdown table with keyword volume and competition level.

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That looks great, but is the data accurate?

According to ChatGPT, it sourced the data from Google Ads Keyword Planner.

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So, I went over to Google Keyword Planner to spot-check.

For the first keyword, I found a slight discrepancy between the Google data and what ChatGPT found.

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But the discrepancy was minor and didn’t affect the overall big picture. We still found a low-competition keyword with search volume!

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Moving on to our next target keyword, “niche website examples.”

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We’re relying on Google Keyword Planner to give us the inside scoop on search volume and competition.

But those numbers are rounded up to the nearest thousand, so it’s not exactly precise. But hey, we’re not splitting hairs here.

Let me give you some advice: don’t get too caught up in the numbers game. We’re ranking for topics, not just individual keywords.

Google’s algorithm is smarter than your average bear and knows how to isolate search intent. So even if a keyword has a lower search volume, we can still rank for related keywords and get tons of traffic.

For example, here’s what ‘profitable niches’ looks like in Semrush:

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That’s 1,300 keyword variations for a grand total of 7,300 in estimated monthly traffic.

And in reality the number of possible visitors is very likely way, way higher.

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After all, there are over 5.6 billion new searches every day, and not all of them will appear in Google Keyword Planner and other keyword tools.

2. Find Sources for SEO

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ChatGPT is a solid tool for finding quality sources to improve your website’s SEO with E-E-A-T.

Search engines, like Google, consider your sources’ quality and relevance when determining your content’s credibility.

This, in turn, affects your website’s ranking on search engine results pages (SERPs).

You could have the most epic blog post in the world, but if your sources are a bunch of Wikipedia articles from 2007, that may not jive with Google.

So what do we do? We instruct ChatGPT to find high-quality sources that give our content that extra oomph.

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To use ChatGPT to find quality sources, follow these simple steps:

  • Input your query, for example, “ketosis for losing weight.”
  • You can even specify if you want a .edu or .gov source.
  • Scan through these results to find sources that meet your needs.
  • Then, verify its accuracy.

I found that some links might sit behind a paywall, so it may require more than one query to find what you need!

3. Grab Stats and Facts for SEO

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Including facts can make the difference between thin content and amazing SEO content.

They give your arguments an objective basis, demonstrate your expertise, and establish your authority. And you know what that means? It aligns perfectly with Google’s helpful content guidelines.

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But here’s the thing – you don’t have to turn your content into a lecture from Stephen Hawking (although I bet he’d be pretty stoked on ChatGPT.)

All you have to do is sprinkle in some thought-provoking stats throughout your writing, and boom – you just injected Nitrous Oxide into your content.

Just type in your keyword or phrase of choice (like “Chatbot Trends,” for example), and let ChatGPT do its thing.

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Lastly, don’t forget to verify the accuracy of your stats.

Your readers – and Google – will thank you.

4. Print-on-Demand Design Ideas

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Wondering what kind of print-on-demand designs will sell? Turn to ChatGPT.

Start searching for popular keywords in your niche with Semrush or Google Keyword Planner. Then, you can use wildcard searches, as I’ve done below.

The objective is to find popular t-shirt ideas that customers are already searching for!

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For example, if you’re designing POD t-shirts in the coffee niche, try searching for “t-shirts * coffee.”

Simply replace coffee with your niche. Or you can replace t-shirts with mugs, etc.

I like the “coffee saves lives” idea, so let’s build on that!

Direct ChatGPT to generate a list of related slogans and phrases that you can use to inspire your designs.

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Once you have your slogans, it’s time to make the artwork and list it on Printful, Redbubble, or Merch by Amazon!

If you’re ready to list, we recommend these best print-on-demand companies.

5. Create AI Art

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Midjourney is an AI art generator that lets your imagination run wild.

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One thing I love about Midjourney is the range of styles you can create. Are you interested in bold, vibrant colors and intricate designs? Then, you can create Afrocentric art. 

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But if you’re more of a traditionalist and prefer realistic portraits, then Midjourney can make you look like the next Annie Leibovitz.

If you were wondering, yes, I created the photos above!

So, where does ChatGPT come into play?

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ChatGPT generates creative prompts to feed Midjourney!

First, download the free AIRPM Chrome app if you’d like some help getting started. It’s a prompt-sharing app that comes preloaded with detailed prompts for ChatGPT.

Simply plug and play your keyword into the Midjourney Prompt Generator.

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For my very first AI art piece, I selected “David Goggins” as my keyword.

Then, ChatGPT generates a handful of Midjourney prompts based on your keyword, as you can see here:

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Once you’re in Midjourney, insert your chosen prompt like so:

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Drumroll, please! Here’s the output from Midjourney.

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Let’s talk about ChatGPT’s deep learning technology and how it’s helping users write killer content.

We’re talking sales copy, emails, tweets, blogs, and social media – you name it, ChatGPT can help you write it.

But listen up – the real challenge is creating amazing content that stands out from the boring, generic stuff plaguing the internet.

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If you want ChatGPT to work its magic, you’ve got to give it a high-quality prompt. As they say, “garbage in, garbage out.”

So what makes a good prompt?

Here are some tips for you:

  • Context: The more you provide, the better ChatGPT can guide the AI and deliver golden outputs.
  • Specificity: This improves the quality and relevance of your output.
  • Set a clear task: Give ChatGPT a specific objective.
  • Multiple iterations: Keep feeding and refining ChatGPT prompts.

Here’s what I mean. Let’s pretend I am writing an email for a beauty brand BOOM!

First, I’ll feed ChatGPT context and do it in multiple iterations.

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I continue with more context.

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Next, I asked ChatGPT what angles we could take.

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Finally, I instructed ChatGPT to write the email based on angles #2 and #3.

I also provided more instructions for structure. This is why research, creativity, and audience understanding are crucial!

Remember, BOOM! by Cindy Joseph is a beauty brand targeting women over 50, hence the Friends reference.

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Here is the ChatGPT output.

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I have goosebumps!

7. As an Idea Engine

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ChatGPT can help you develop ideas for just about anything – from YouTube videos to stand-up comedy routines!

Want to create killer content for your YouTube channel? Give ChatGPT some relevant keywords and watch it spit out a list of potential video ideas.

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ChatGPT can even generate the perfect stand-up comedy routine. One Northwestern fan had ChatGPT generate a two-minute comedy set!

You’ll always have ChatGPT in your back pocket to muscle through creative ruts.

8. Coding

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One of the most exciting things about ChatGPT is its ability to help you write code and solve coding problems.

Syed Huq confirms that ChatGP suggests specific lines of code, provides insight into debugging, or even provides hints that could lead to a complete solution.

Nick Babich, a product designer from New York City, used ChatGPT to plan and execute the entire project.

The first thing Nick did was describe the concept of the IOS app to ChatGPT.

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Next, he delved into information architecture.

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Eventually, ChatGPT provided Nick with step-by-step advice on how to design the app.

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He mentions that ChatGPT does not provide an entire source code for the app.

But you can use the step-by-step instructions as prompts to build out the app in segments.

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ChatGPT can be an excellent sidekick for educators and students alike.

Now, I know that some people are wary of AI’s role in education, but before we go all high and mighty, let’s consider the positive aspects.

Here’s one use case. Let’s ask ChatGPT to build an exercise for our students.

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Kids love competition, so what better way to teach them than by making it fun?

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I think students are going to have a ball with this one!

Some teachers worry that ChatGPT could rob students of motivation and inhibit learning. I get it. That’s a valid concern.

To that, I say: you must adapt.

Let’s prompt ChatGPT to develop some in-person Socratic method exercises to ensure students don’t go overboard with their newfound friend.

This approach gets students thinking critically and discovering knowledge through on-the-spot, in-class discussions.

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It will be exciting to see how academia embraces ChatGPT moving forward!

I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of this freight train.

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10. Make Predictions About The Future

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ChatGPT can even help you make predictions about the future.

A Markets Insider article recently illustrated ChatGPT’s ability to predict future financial outcomes.

For example, ChatGPT predicted that the US dollar would remain strong in the short term but could experience a slump if geopolitical tensions escalate.

Similarly, ChatGPT also predicted that the Chinese yuan would continue to gain strength in international markets.

The chatbot also provided a few potential scenarios, such as the likelihood of how a multipolar currency system might dominate trade in the future.

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However, there are some limitations to ChatGPT’s predictive abilities.

While it is a powerful tool for analyzing large data sets, it is not foolproof.

ChatGPT’s predictions are only as accurate as the data it is trained on, which means that it is vulnerable to bias, error, and other hiccups.

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Now if only ChatGPT could have helped with my Super Bowl pick…

11. Ask for Advice

ChatGPT provides actionable advice based on user queries.

You see, ChatGPT isn’t just an encyclopedia that spews out information. No, it goes a step further and provides advice based on the information it gathers.

For example, a Colombian judge used ChatGPT in a case about the medical rights of a child with autism.

And if your relationship is in a rut, ChatGPT can act as an unbiased mediator and help you and your partner come to a resolution.

Just give it the details and let it do the rest.

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12. Movie and TV Show Recommendations

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Move over streaming algorithms, ChatGPT is here to recommend your next movie!

Are you looking for an action-thriller that has above an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, Chat GPT can narrow down its recommendations to only the cream of the crop.

For example, Chat GPT might suggest “The Dark Knight” as a top-notch action-thriller with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, directed by the legend Christopher Nolan himself.

Or it might recommend “Mad Max: Fury Road,” another critically acclaimed action-thriller with an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Chat GPT can continue to refine its recommendations based on your feedback.

If you loved “The Dark Knight” but weren’t a fan of “Mad Max,” Chat GPT can suggest similar movies that are more in line with your tastes.

13. Virtual Cooking Aid

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Did you know you can use ChatGPT can be your personal sous-chef?

Here’s how it works: Just tell Chat GPT what ingredients you have on hand, and it’ll generate a list of recipe ideas for you.

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Chat GPT can also think on your behalf, considering your preferred flavor profile or regional cuisine. So if you’re in the mood for something spicy, Chat GPT might suggest a Thai-basil chicken.

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Got a fridge overflowing with food and feeling guilty for letting it go to waste? Chat GPT is here to rescue you from the perils of food waste and show you how to transform those leftovers into something magical!

For example, if you’ve got veggies starting to wilt, Chat GPT can suggest some creative ways to use them.

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Let’s get economical and get cookin’!

14. Travel Guide

ChatGPT is the perfect travel companion!  So whether you’re looking for a great place to eat in Barcelona or an unforgettable experience in Tokyo, ChatGPT can lend a helping hand.

Oh man, I’m pumped for my upcoming trip to Tokyo. I can’t wait to hit all the hot spots in just 4 days!

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First on my list is Tokyo Tower. I heard the views up there are insane. But let’s be honest, the real star of the show is going to be the food.

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I’m looking forward to slurping up some delicious ramen bowls at Tsuta Ramen in Roppongi on day one and Afuri Ramen in Harajuku on day four. I’ve heard they’re both must-tries.

Day two will be about exploring Asakusa and checking out the Senso-ji temple.

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I’m also excited to take a day trip to Kamakura on day three. I heard there’s a giant Buddha statue there that I have to see in person.

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Surprise, surprise. There is another ramen place nearby. It’s got to be good if it’s right next to a giant Buddha, right?

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I’m looking forward to splurging at Tapas Molecular Bar in Nihonbashi. I’m not sure what to expect, but it sounds sophisticated!

15. Language Tutor

ChatGPT is multilingual and can translate text into other languages.

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Can it help you learn a foreign language?

Absolutely! Using ChatGPT is like having a virtual language tutor. The results are already quite impressive, though not 100% perfect.

Just type in what you want to say, and ChatGPT will translate it into the target language.

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Then, practice speaking that language back to the AI chatbot and hone your skills.

FAQ

Here are some answers to questions you may have about creative ways to use ChatGPT.

Can ChatGPT be Creative?

Yes, ChatGPT can generate unique and creative content, including writing, artwork, and application idea creation.

What are the Uses for ChatGPT?

ChatGPT can assist with creating SEO-friendly content in the SEO industry, answer customer queries in e-commerce, help with language translation and writing assistance in education, and generate creative elements in the entertainment industry.



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Investors may have celebrated the end of high inflation too soon. The CPI report shows inflation bouncing higher and thus pushing back the start date for Fed rate cuts. This has the S&P 500 (SPY) coming off recent highs. This begs questions like how much more downside could we see? And when will the bull market get back on track? 44 year investment veteran Steve Reitmeister shares his answers to these questions in this timely commentary including a preview of his top picks to stay ahead of the pack. Read on below for more.

High inflation refuses to “go quietly into the night“.

Instead, the most recent CPI report was too hot which greatly downgraded the odds of a rate cut coming in June or July. With that bond rates went higher on Wednesday and stock prices went lower.

Thursday’s PPI report was a bit tamer helping to ease the mood. But it does cloud the outlook for the market.

So, we will do our best to shine some light on our path forward from here in today’s commentary.

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April started with a very mild sell off which seems quite natural given then rapid pace of gains in Q1. Then just as stocks were bouncing back towards the highs we got served up a unwelcome CPI report on Wednesday that had investors hitting the sell button once again.

Unfortunately, year over year inflation increased from a 3.2% reading last month to 3.5% this time around. Yes, that is the wrong direction as we want to continue on our glide path towards the Fed’s target of 2%.

We all know that inflation rarely moves in a straight line. But this was not the first inflation report above expectations…but it certainly was the most resounding negative that investors could not dismiss.

The nerds out there (like myself) will note that the Sticky Inflation readings got even worse. That reading went up to 5% based upon the month to month change from the previous 4%. There is simply no way the Fed can look at this recent data and decide to lower rates in May…June…and probably not July.

The world of investors most certainly agreed with this notion given the seismic moves in the bond market. Most notable was the 10 year Treasury rate spiking to nearly 4.6% on Wednesday. That cooled down a notch on Thursday given the “slightly” better than expected reading for PPI.

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This greatly changes expectations for the timing of the first Fed rate cut. A month ago there was 72% probability of that taking place in June. That is now down to 22%.

Moving out to July that was considered a near slam dunk at 90% odds of lower rates. That is now a coin toss at just 49% likelihood.

Finally, we see the September meeting coming in at 70% odds of lower rates. This all points to investors going over the May 1st Fed testimony with a microscope looking for even the smallest clues of what comes next.

Long story short, I think it is borderline insane for investors to expect new highs for stocks until inflation is better under wraps and certainty increases on the timing of the first rate cut. That points to the recent high of 5,265 for the S&P 500 (SPY) as being the top end of current trading range.

The bottom of that range is a bit less clear. Will investors do more of a consolidation slightly under recent levels? The hearty bounce on Thursday seems to point in that direction. But the longer things go on without a resolution to the matter, the more we could break below the 50 day moving average at 5,105 and perhaps give 5,000 a serious test.

If that scares you, then might I recommend you put your money in the bank rather than the stock market.

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The only way you can enjoy the reward of a 27% gain for the S&P 500 since late October is by taking the risk that comes with mild pullbacks and tougher corrections from time to time. Meaning that testing 5,000 or even lower would be a yawn in the history of stock market movements which has improved our net worth considerably over the past few months…years…decades…generations…and so on.

My trading plan is to remain bullish. Just have a better eye towards the value of your positions. If you wouldn’t buy more shares of those stocks today…then perhaps time to sell and add new stocks that you feel have better upside potential.

That also calls for a “buy the dip” mentality as there likely will be more volatility and rough sessions ahead. Those are the times to step in and add shares of your favorite stocks.

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If you are plugged into fashion discourse, you’ve probably heard about High Sport Kick Pant by now (perhaps against your will). They are stretch ponte trousers with a cropped flare above the ankle and pleats down the center of the legs. Sturdier than leggings and distinctly more polished. The intrigue around these pants reached a fever pitch on Substack in late 2023 – early 2024. The Kick Pant has developed a cult following, but skepticism has started to mount.

Substack, the newsletter platform, is integral to the phenomenon of High Sport. It’s where fashion influencers and ex-editors with large followings raved about the pants to their readers. Several glowing endorsements were published within a short time span. Word spread like wildfire within the platform’s ecosystem. Substack writer Rachel Solomon of Hey Mrs. Solomon describes the High Sport pants as a “fireball” item that seemed to “materialize out of nowhere.” She believes the hype is tied to the inherent “miracle potential” of pants, which are extra compelling because “the ass/thigh area is so important when it comes to fit and use case.” People will pay a lot for pants that make their butt look good.

“The chatter about these pants on Substack chat was non-stop,” says the writer of Totally Recommend, a self-described “recovering marketing CEO” who goes by Rufina. Her assessment of the situation? It seemed like no one beyond fashion writers and influencers actually owned the High Sport pants, yet everyone was hunting for alternatives. “I realized we were all searching for dupes without even knowing what the originals were truly like. That’s when my curiosity really kicked in. I knew I had to get my hands on these pants,” Rufina states.

Vi Huynh wears a thrifted version of the High Sport pants;

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Solomon and Rufina both bought the pants and wrote about them on their Substacks. Both writers gave their honest opinions on everyone’s burning question: are they worth it? And, of course, where can one find a good dupe? Rufina’s review series, “The Scoop On The High Sport Dupe,” made the Substack rounds for its thorough list of dupes from Ann Mashburn, Donni, and Spanx to Banana Republic, Old Navy, and J.Crew. More chatter ensued.

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Then, The Cut published a High Sport piece last month that laid bare the financial incentives for Substack writers recommending the High Sport pants with affiliate links. The public reception of the article drove the discourse around these pants towards suspicion. It reminded people of the importance of taking product recommendations with a grain of salt when someone stands to make a hefty commission.

High Sport skepticism has kindled on Substack—the same place where the fanfare began. This time, discourse around the pants are tinged with mixed feelings around the gray area of affiliate marketing and fashion writing. Kickbacks on the Kick Pant have soured the hype for many.

In her latest High Sport dupe post, Rufina ponders if we should aspire towards these pants in the first place: “Are they an unspoken application to an elite club, where the entry fee is a slim waist, a fat bank account, and a life elegantly soaring above the mundane irritations familiar to the rest of us?” Readers resonated with this perspective. The comment section contemplated the writers’ ability to make $135 per sale via affiliate links on a rave review. “For some people, these pants might still be their top pick, fitt ing their style and budget. But knowing about the commission thing bursts the bubble,” Rufina continues. Solomon reflects on how the High Sport hype has played out. “I have noticed a little more skepticism, almost like we can all suddenly breathe a sigh of relief and go…wait, aren’t these just thick, hot pants that have a cute length?”

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Rachel Solomon wears the High Sport Kick pants;

Courtesy of Rachel Solomon

Some have held a critical eye towards High Sport pants from the start. Em Seely Katz, news editor of Magasin and writer of Human Repeller, knows the nitty-gritty economics of luxury clothing production and marketing. “I know a pair of stretch pants should not cost nearly a grand without a 1000% or so markup,” Seely-Katz reveals.

When vintage seller Vi Huynh first saw the High Sport pants, the “egregious price point” stopped her from what would have been an immediate purchase otherwise. Huynh keeps up with niche fashion discourse and believes that High Sport’s brand strategy relies on the appeal of “quiet luxury” rather than a truly superior material product. “They don’t need regular people buying their pants. They’re saying: we’re the Loro Piana of stretch pants,” she continues.

Despite the skepticism around price point and kickbacks, the appetite for High Sport dupes has not waned. Seely-Katz has been diligently researching mid-price-range dupes in response to the Magasin readership’s interest. For example, they say that Sézane’s new gingham pants (around $200) are just as worthy of wear as the originals. Huynh maintains that the High Sport look is easy to find at thrift stores due to the popularity of ponte pants during the 90s and 2000s. Her advice? Focus on material—while rayon, polyester, and spandex blends are common, the better quality ones feel thick to the touch and retain shape when stretched.

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However, High Sport diehards maintain that the dupes are incomparable to the original. Writer Jess Graves of The Love List reports that the material from Old Navy and Donni versions were “flimsy and thin,” a far cry from High Sport’s “thick Italian knit that holds you in.” Graves, who purchased the High Sports with her own money, wears the pants “so often the cost per wear is probably around a dollar at this point.”

High Sport Skeptics Have Entered the Chat

Ruffina wears a dupe of the High Sport pants;

Courtesy of Rufina

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Vi Huynh wears a thrifted version of the High Sport pants;

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Courtesy of Vi Huynh

Unlike Instagram, Substack is still a relatively new space where the norms of affiliate marketing—and how consumers can expect to engage with it—are still taking shape. One can find a broad mix of fashion content, from personal essays and styling tips to shopping-driven posts heavy on affiliate links. Perhaps it is due to this broad spectrum of how and when writers participate in affiliate marketing that pinpointed skepticism towards High Sport pants in a way that may not have materialized on, say, Instagram.

Seely-Katz, who does use affiliate links on Human Repeller, emphasizes that they have built trust with their readers in terms of how they disclose commissions. “People who read my newsletter know that I emphatically don’t go out of my way to center affiliate links, many of my posts having none at all […] I am thoughtful about what products I endorse, no matter the price point,” they state. Graves echoes this sentiment. She views affiliate income as compensation for the work of content creation. In regards to her Substack, “my readers get that if I am publishing something without a paywall, affiliate links are a way to help me accrue some payment for that time spent. I don’t let it sway my editorial decisions though,” Graves notes. Rufina does not use affiliate links but acknowledges that with the instability of the media landscape, “It’s really tricky for me to say how writers should be making their money.” As a former advertising professional, her main concern was seeing High Sport purchase links posted without an affiliate disclaimer.

Ultimately, the story of High Sport reveals how Substack is becoming an increasingly robust ecosystem for launching status-y products that go viral within a subset of fashion consumers. Seely-Katz describes the phenomenon as a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” where people who buy such items are more likely to broadcast them in their publications, “creating an illusion that literally everyone is buying this stuff.”

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