CardRatings Guidelines for Editors and Writers

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These guidelines are intended to maintain the editorial integrity and independence of especially as it pertains to providing users with accurate, unbiased credit card ratings and reviews.

Guidelines for editors:

–          Outside of compliance, no advertiser information should ever be shared with writers

–          The editorial team is not to consult the marketing team when selecting a card or cards for the purpose of rating, reviewing or inclusion in editorial features such as  editor’s picks or best in category

–          Advertiser relationships and compensation must never influence ratings, reviews, or selection of cards to be featured in editorial content

–          Any guidance to writers related to specific cards must be solely based on editorial opinion

–          The marketing team is not permitted to review or revise content prior to publishing

–          The difference between editorial content and advertising must be clearly stated

Guidelines for writers:

–          With any editorial content, it is important to always remain objective, check facts and ensure accuracy. When writing reviews and other editorial content, writers must thoroughly research applicable card offers in order to provide an honest, unbiased, comprehensive guide to the readers.

–          Writers must not take suggestions from anyone outside of QuinStreet’s editorial team unless they are interviewing an outside professional and the outside expert is properly cited to include professional credentials, as applicable. Writers are responsible for researching and properly vetting potential sources for all articles to ensure content remains objective and informative.

Credentials for freelancers and writers:

–          We have historically hired professionally trained writers who have a strong background, in many cases spanning decades, covering personal finance and other credit-related fields. The work of our freelancers is frequently published by reputable news sources including Fox Business, MSN Money, NPR, CNBC, ABC News, the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. We impose standards to hire similarly qualified writers.


The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that credit card offers change frequently. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. See the online credit card application for full terms and conditions on offers and rewards. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit card prior to applying.

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