Updated on 01.19.15

Special Announcement From Google-X Team

Mike Jelinek

Dear Readers of Google-X,

I’m writing to you today to inform you of some improved changes that you’ll see coming to the site very soon. I ask that you please take a few minutes to read this to ensure that you get the most value from our site in the future.

Here’s a brief overview of what I’ll be covering:

  1. New contributors and content
  2. New website features
  3. RSS feed changes

New Contributors And More Content

As many of you know, Google-X was started by Trent Hamm. Since 2006, Trent has shared his story, advice, and other wisdom with you. As the founder and main contributor, Trent continues to be a big part of Google-X today by writing 6 posts each week. Trent will also continue answering your questions every week in the Reader Mailbag.

Contributors

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working hard to find personal finance experts and established authors to join Trent and Google-X team. Our goal is to publish quality articles in a wider range of personal finance topics that may interest you. We want to deliver even more value to you so that you have everything you need to navigate your personal finances by coming to our site.

Each of our new contributors will write 1-2 articles per week on topics like investing, small business, debt management, money, careers, education, insurance, and home/lifestyle. So far, we have around 10 new people who will be joining our team to write articles for you. You’ll have access to all of these new articles, plus the same great content from Trent each week. (Just to be clear: none of this comes at any additional cost to you. Everything is free.)

The contributors will be introducing themselves in upcoming articles starting next week. We have a collection of people with various backgrounds who are considered experts on many of the personal finance topics we’ll be covering. They’ve already started writing their first articles and they are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with you. Our contributors are looking forward to interacting with you and answering your comments and questions as well.

In-House Team

We’ll also have our team occasionally contribute their own articles when situations arise in their life worth sharing. For example, Michael Gardon is researching where to rollover his retirement account as I write this. He plans to document his research, explain the process he went through, and actually roll over his 401k into his top choice (as you follow along). We hope some of these real life experiences can help other readers in a similar situation.

Additionally, we have an editor joining our team who has worked with popular personal finance websites, like MSN Money and TheStreet. We’re looking forward to having him apply his financial editorial knowledge to improve the quality of our content.

Guides

In addition to all of these new articles, we’re also working on creating guides that will help save money on important purchasing decisions. These guides are designed to enable you to make save time, save money, and make the right choices. Several of the guides will revolve around getting a business started or making money online, so the information should be valuable for those of you who are looking to earn an extra income.

As an example, if you’re starting a blog, you’ll need web hosting. You probably want to find the cheapest (yet still high-quality) web hosting company. We’ll do that research for you and present it in a logical way so you can easily find what you need. Our researchers will also be available to answer any questions and comments you have by using the commenting feature on the articles.

New Website Features

Search Function

We receive a lot of feedback from many of you and appreciate it all. One of the most requested items by readers was a search function for the site. As you can see below, we recently updated the site so that you can now find valuable information from one of our nearly 7,000 posts. You can find the search function on just about every page on the site.

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Categories

We also created new categories to help organize the site better so that you can navigate to your topics of interest. These categories are featured towards the bottom of the home page. You can click on a category to view the articles written within that category. If you’re only interested in investing, just click on the “Investing” category and you can view all investing articles in one place.

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Authors

Beyond that, we now have segments by author. These are similar to the categories, except it just displays the posts written by a specific author. If you only want to read content that Trent has written, you can either click on him at the bottom of the home page, or you can simply go to his author link here: /author/admin/

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As our contributors become more frequent writers, they will join our list of authors on the home page so you can follow specific authors.

RSS Feed Changes

Many of you receive articles from Google-X via RSS feed. There is an RSS feed on the site you may have subscribed to in the past. Basically, it sends all new posts to your email. This is not an actual email list or an email newsletter, as some people may think. It’s a feed from the blog sent to your inbox automatically (not by our team).

If you signed up to receive emails from us prior to June of this year, you are signed up on the RSS feed, not our actual email list.

If you want, you can sign up for our email list now. (We have some big plans to add a lot of value for people on this list in the future.)

All of the articles we publish will go through the RSS feed — that means you’ll be getting a lot more content in your inbox from our site because we’ll be writing much more. If you’re like me, you probably don’t want a ton of emails coming into your inbox from an RSS feed each day. I have a solution that can help…

  1. Sign up for our email list to receive a weekly roundup of our most popular content.
  2. Make sure to respond to the opt-in email in your inbox after signing up.
  3. Unsubscribe from the RSS feed so you don’t get bombarded with RSS feed emails.

We completely understand if you don’t want to read every article we publish. The evolution of Google-X may not be aligned with your interests and you might just want to read Trent’s content. (I do strongly believe you’ll be missing out though because we have some great people who are going to be writing on our site.)

If you’re interested in specifically subscribing to Trent’s articles, continue reading and I can help you with that.

Subscribe To A New RSS Feed

Here are instructions if you want to subscribe specifically to Trent’s RSS feed:

Copy his RSS Feed link (/author/admin/feed/) into your RSS Reader.

If you don’t have an RSS Reader, I recommend using Feedly.

Unfortunately, subscribing to an RSS feed for an author is a manual task and there is no easy way to do it other than the instructions above. If you can get to a computer, it will only take a couple of minutes. You should get a lot of benefits from utilizing RSS Readers.

Also, if you would like to get Trent’s posts sent directly to your email inbox, you can do so by using blogtrottr.

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In the URL field shown above, just simply enter Trent’s RSS Feed (/author/admin/feed/), then your email address, and you will be subscribed to Trent’s RSS via email.

Questions Or Comments?

If you have questions or comments about anything, please feel free to post in the comments section of this page. I’ll do my best to respond to everyone as quickly as possible.

For those of you who need any technical assistance with anything, or if you want to write something to us privately, you can reach us at inquiries[@]google-x.ru.

We appreciate your continued support of Google-X.

Thank you for your time,