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Elisa Ortiz

Content Specialist |  In Credit Cards

Elisa has been with Credit.com since 2014 where she started out as a paralegal. Since then, she has developed a passion for understanding credit and personal finance.

3 Credit Cards for Black Friday

Credit Card Reviews

3 Credit Cards for Black Friday

3 Credit Cards for Black Friday

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] With the holidays coming up, America is looking forward to a giant coma-inducing turkey dinner and football. Not to mention, what comes after – Black Friday. The sales that stores are having are getting consumers excited about holiday gift shopping and many are likely to put their... Read More

Credit Cards with Awesome Sign-up Bonuses

Credit Card Reviews

Credit Cards with Awesome Sign-up Bonuses

Credit Cards with Awesome Sign-up Bonuses

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] It’s no secret that credit card companies try to lure potential customers with sweet sign-up bonuses. After all, that’s part of a new credit card’s appeal, right? With so many types of credit cards available though, it can be difficult to choose. It can also be tough to... Read More

Does Google Have Access to Your Offline Purchases?

Credit Cards

Does Google Have Access to Your Offline Purchases?

Does Google Have Access to Your Offline Purchases?

Over the course of the last year, some Google advertisers were granted access to a new and very effective tool for tracking the conversion rates of adverts. Instead of measuring conversion in terms of clicks, conversions were measured in terms of sales at physical stores across the country. This was made possible when the tech... Read More

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Credit Score. Check Yours Today for Free

Credit Score

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Credit Score. Check Yours Today for Free

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Credit Score. Check Yours Today for Free

With Halloween just around the corner, most Americans are looking forward to all sorts of spooky excitement. Jack-o-lanterns, costumes, candy, and parties. But one thing that might scare some people this Halloween is checking their credit score. According to the Annual Credit Score Survey produced by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions, 57... Read More

6 Best Credit Cards for Millennials

Credit Card Reviews

6 Best Credit Cards for Millennials

6 Best Credit Cards for Millennials

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] It’s no secret that Millennials have the most buying power of any generation right now. It’s also no... Read More

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

Personal Finance

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

Article Re-Written August 10, 2018 by Elisa Ortiz Everyone has bad habits. It’s just a part of being human. I try to squash a bad habit as soon as I recognize one, and I’m sure you’re in the same boat. It’s easy to develop bad money habits early on in life, and it can be... Read More

Lifelock’s Bug Could Have Caused Problems for Consumers

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Lifelock’s Bug Could Have Caused Problems for Consumers

Lifelock’s Bug Could Have Caused Problems for Consumers

Data breaches. Identity theft. Phishing scams. Short of going off the grid, it seems like there’s no way for your information to stay safe. The latest way that your data could have been exposed to hackers and phishers? Lifelock – the company that millions of consumers trust to protect their identities. Lifelock wasn’t breached, but... Read More

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The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

In addition to appearing on Credit.com, our articles are syndicated to dozens of other news sites. We have more than 100 partners, including MSN, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo, Marketwatch, Scripps, Money Magazine and many others. This network operates similarly to the Associated Press or Reuters, except we focus almost exclusively on issues relating to personal finance. These are not advertorial or paid placements, rather we provide these articles to our partners in most cases for free. These relationships create more awareness of Credit.com in general and they result in more traffic to us as well.

Our Business Model

Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

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