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Use ChatGPT To Write Long-Form Articles? Avoid Falling Into The Trap

We all know that ChatGPT is sizzling hot now. You may have heard of ChatGPT, a powerful tool that can generate text with minimal effort. While this AI technology has revolutionized natural language processing, it isn’t the right choice if you are looking to craft detailed and impactful lengthy content.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why ChatGPT isn’t the right tool (especially reason #5) to write long-form articles and suggest examples of alternative tools to help you complete your task better. Read on to find out more!

What Is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a natural language processing-based artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by OpenAI that allows users to create automated conversations. It uses deep learning techniques to generate short, conversational real-time responses based on the given prompts.

The AI utilizes a large database of pre-trained data, GTP 3.5 and builds upon existing conversations using machine learning algorithms.

It can quickly understand user input and use contextual information from previous interactions to generate an appropriate response without requiring manual coding or programming knowledge.

ChatGPT has become increasingly popular with developers, marketers, businesses, and other organizations.

How Does ChatGPT Work?

ChatGPT is an AI-generated text generator that can respond instantly to given prompts. It works on natural language processing (NLP), a branch of artificial intelligence technology used to understand and interpret the meaning of human language. When given a prompt (instruction), ChatGPT uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms to process it and then generate relevant replies in real time.

The ways ChatGPT generates its reply depends highly upon the quality of the input data provided (Prompt). This means if you provide content with a coherent structure and clear narrative, it can output more concise and detailed answers that are less likely to repeat themselves or be inconsistent.

However, if your input data lacks complete understanding or contextualization of the topic, ChatGPT will struggle with producing realistic responses as expected from a human writer.

Limitations Of ChatGPT For Long-Form Articles

Everyone knows ChatGPT is good at researching, analyzing and writing short-form content.

However, some limitations make it difficult to create an engaging, comprehensive, well-crafted long-form article.

1. ChatGPT Is Limited To A Certain Length Of Text

ChatGPT is a tool that is used to generate short conversational responses. These responses are limited in length to ensure the response’s accuracy and quality and that the conversation flow goes uninterruptedly.

This makes ChatGPT great for quick-fire conversations with an AI bot but not suitable for generating long-form articles or essays. Longer conversations require more substantial thought and analysis, which ChatGPT cannot provide due to input prompt and text length limitations.

You may generate up to a max of 500- 600 words of articles with extensive detail prompts.

Let’s test it out with the article titled: The Essential Guide to Content Marketing Strategies for Success in 2023

Here is the result:

We get 350 words article, but it doesn’t provide enough depth or context.

One way to get longer content is to write a prompt to tell chatGPT to write each point in a longer paragraph and combine it.

This is time-consuming, and you may face another problem where each paragraph is not connected to the other.

2. Limit By Input Prompt

Writing long-form articles requires knowledge of the topic, research to gather information required for writing them, and an understanding of how to structure text so that it reads naturally and flows smoothly.

ChatGPT cannot take all these factors into account when generating text. It is limited in its ability to generate meaningful content due to its reliance on input prompts which often don’t provide enough depth or context from which a clear narrative can be drawn.

This often leads to issues such as incoherent arguments, lack of context, shallow explanations and difficulty in creating a narrative structure that holds your reader’s attention.

Let’s give another test with the article titled: Exploring The Possibilities Of Space Travel With SpaceX

With a more detailed prompt, we managed to generate generates 530 words. But the content for each section doesn’t give coherence in arguments and a clear narrative structure.

3. Generating Text That Is Not Repetitive Or Inconsistent

ChatGPT is limited when it comes to producing text that isn’t repetitive. The technology requires a unique prompt to generate new content.

As a result, its output may sound similar and become redundant if others use a similar prompt to generate the article.

Let’s test it out for the second time with the article titled: The Essential Guide to Content Marketing Strategies for Success in 2023

Check out the same article created early in #1. It’s the same outline.

Imagine ten marketers writing the same topic using a similar prompt. All will get similar generic content which doesn’t look good in Google’s eyes.

4. It Does Not Have The Ability To Do Research And Gather Information

ChatGPT’s capabilities are limited in gathering information and research for long-form articles. ChatGPT cannot access the internet and will only learn until 2021.

If there are new ideas or findings, ChatGPT will not know and be able to write them without proper guidance.

5. Content Generated By ChatGPT Doesn’t Pass The Checking On AI Detector Tools

ChatGPT’s generated text cannot pass the scrutiny of AI detector tools.

Many AI content detectors can identify AI-generated content from ChatGPT by analyzing the text and looking for certain patterns or traits indicative of machine-generated text.

These traits can include how predictable each word is, repetitive phrasing, and highly structured or formulaic language.

They may also use statistical models and machine learning algorithms to analyze the text and make predictions about whether a machine or a human generated it.

Here are some popular tools (free and paid):

Let’s test the first article in all of them:

Test result from:

  • Free tool
  • Identified as Fake

Test result from: Originality.AI

  • Paid Tool
  • Identify as AI content

Test Result from:

  • Free Tool
  • Frac(p) histogram close to 1 means a high possibility of AI content
  • Orange and purple indicate the words are unpredictable and usually written by humans.

Test result from:

  • Free Tool
  • AI writes the entire article
  • Perplexity Score and Burstiness Score are very low (indicated written by AI)

The answer is obvious: you can’t use ChatGPT to write long-form articles if you want a uniquely helpful article, pass AI detectors and can rank well in Google.

Does this mean that AI is useless in generating unique, helpful content that passes the AI detector tools?

No, we still have a way to use AI to help you write content faster with minimal intervention.

Let’s find out more.

Alternatives To ChatGPT

To overcome all the problems above, you need a custom process flow and use Open AI API with the right setting. Not ChatGPT because it pre-set the settings to control the randomness and variation in perplexity.

Next, you need specific prompts to write a lengthy and helpful article that is ready to rank in Google. This will be a time-consuming and lengthy process.

There are some other AI writing assistant tools out there, but most of them still need quite some work and are mostly not able to deliver decent high-quality long-form articles. The main reason is most tools don’t refer to top-ranking results to get the right search intent and article outline.

This is a big struggle for everyone. We decided to put everything together in Agility Writer to save everyone’s hours of work.

Let’s do the same test using the article titled: The Essential Guide to Content Marketing Strategies for Success in 2023

First, you can use Outline Builder to let AI create the superset of the perfect outline from the top-ranking websites and suggestions from AI.

Next, you can send the outline to our AI writer and complete the necessary settings, like the tone of voice and target audience.

Hit the button and wait 3-4 minutes to get a decent article, around 3000++ words.

Now, will this article pass the AI detector tools? Let’s find it out.

Test result from:

  • 99.9% real

Test result from: Originality.AI

  • 93% original

Test result from:

  • Lower Frac(p) historgram score

Test result from:

  • Estimate only 3 lines are AI written from the first 5000 characters
  • High Perplexity and Burstiness Score indicate high possibility written by Humans

From all the test results, it is way better compared to the version from ChatGPT. The article is 3000 words, has a perfect outline and is undetectable by AI tools.


In conclusion, ChatGPT is not the right tool for writing a long-form article due to its limitations. It also lacks capabilities such as researching and gathering the necessary information for writing long-form articles and generating text ready to rank in Google and pass AI detection tools.

If you want to write long-form articles using AI, check out our tool at a $1 trial.

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