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February 16, 2020

2013 compilation of best blog posts

Filed under: Compilations — admin @ 9:53 am

Here are my favorite blog posts from 2013

MARKETING

Companies that will hire NEW signers!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7059

We should be setting the fees, not the other way around!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3249

From 3 jobs per week to 3 jobs per day
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3940

$10,000 per month on a bad month
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3891

10 changes to your notes that double your calls!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4499

123notary elite certification, what is it all about?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8531

STORIES

The war between men and women notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3693

Mistakes notaries make with title companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4412

A detailed look at the ninja course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4621

7 ways to use Facebook to market your notary services
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=5396

Getting what is due, a clever plan
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3221
Interview with a Title company
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3724

Notary quotes of the day
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4011

Interview with Title Course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6553

Notary Jokes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8471

TECHNICAL

Signing Agent best practices 63 points
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4315

How to write a notes section if you have no experience
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4173

Signature name affidavit: Not a substitute for an ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3823

Notary journals from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8348

Notary Seal information from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8337

What tasks can I do worth $1000 per minute?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4113

Identification requirements for being notarized
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4299

Why notaries don’t last
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4087

When is it legal to notarize a document twice
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4305

How to get something notarized that doesn’t have a signature
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4695

How to explain the APR to a non-borrowing spouse?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4455

Why do I have to sign with our middle initial?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4452

What is a notary public?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6498

Optional information on an Acknowledgment certificate
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4407

Industry standards in the notary business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4370

How to get something notarized if you don’t have ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4692

Notary fines and notary penalties
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6903

Can you notarize someone’s initials
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8269

Who are the parties involved in a Power of Attorney?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6738

Does Real Estate experience help as a notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4563

Common mistakes with the 1003, Crossing out the RTC, TIL & APR
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4553

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February 9, 2020

2012 complication of best posts

Filed under: Compilations — admin @ 9:50 am

Here are some of our best posts from 2012.

TECHNICAL

What is signature by X?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2278

Information about various notary procedures
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2268

Rules for notarizing a bedridden person
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2243

Backdating from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2424

All you need to know about notary work
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2354

Can a notary notarize a birth certificate?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2300

Fraud and forgery in the notary profession
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2294

Do I notarize every page of the document?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2280

Notary boiler plate wording
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2432

Notarization dates, Document dates & Signature dates!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2421

Sending loose certificates is illegal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2470

Can a notary sign on a different day?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2457

Don’t drop the Fedex in the drop box!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2831

Protecting yourself with a contract
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2593

Tips for Notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3360

STORIES

Borrowers and their filthy homes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2214

Power of Attorney at a nursing home
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2305

123notary behind the scenes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2499

20 stories about animals at signings
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3074

5 books every notary should own (and read)
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3668

3 notaries walk into a bar
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3660

I make mistakes too
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3639

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February 7, 2020

Marketing Article Resources

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 11:01 pm

Here are some of our better marketing related articles that have been
published. Many of these got buried in the list, so this is my way of
reviving them.

Index of best posts about Notary Marketing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20284

Compilation of posts about Notary Business Names
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21760

Five things a notary can do worth $1000 per minute
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20521
How to write a notes section if you are a beginner
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16698

10 rules for negotiating notary fees
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19620

Getting paid, a comprehensive timeline
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22643

He took Jeremy’s advice and got new title companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22277

A lot of information he knew but forgot about says on 123notary client
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22225

Your number of loans signed just went down?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21236

Do you invest in your notary business?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22129

Why you should consider getting 123notary elite certified
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20094

Does knowledge matter any more as a signing agent?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19887

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February 5, 2020

Best older posts about how to write a great notes section

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 10:59 pm

Here are some older posts about how to write a great notes section. I wanted to bring these to the surface, so here they are.

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDES

How to write a notes section if you are a beginner
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16698

Everything you need to know about writing a great notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16074
Notary Marketing 102 – your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19788

INTERESTING ARTICLES ABOUT NOTES SECTIONS AS A WHOLE

2014 Excerpts from great notes sections
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=13613

The ADD culture and your listing and notary marketing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22309

Documenting your experience and personal style in your notes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19052

Documenting your experience and personal style in your notes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19052

Notary notes makeover
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18895

Examples of great notes sections
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18862

Unique phrases from the Ninja course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14690

10 quick changes to your notes that double your calls
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4499

What goes where in your notes?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1076

Clarifying vague claims in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4675

Your jumbled or too short notes section is costing you 50% of your business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16572

COMPONENTS OF A NOTES SECTION

A list of things you probably did not add to your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22287

How many types of financial packages do you mention?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19997

Putting jails and hospitals in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19266

Is it better to be “bilingual” or speak Spanish?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19264

Being unique and factual in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19050

Buzzwords to avoid in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19054

What NOT to put at the top of your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19056

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February 4, 2020

Cleaning up common mistakes in your profile’s notes section

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 10:56 pm

When I look over notes sections of our higher level members, I like to make suggestions that can help them appear in a more positive light to the users. There are a bunch of common mistakes people make. I want to go over those mistakes.

1. Real Estate Experience
It is common for those with Real Estate experience to claim that they have real estate experience the therefor they understand the documents. In real life, people who I quiz with Real Estate experience do not know their documents that well. If you want to prove knowledge, then please pass our certification test which is really hard. Another mistake people make is to put lots of information about their Real Estate career in the top of their notes section. This is a Notary directory, so please put notary achievements at the top of your listing and mention your Real Estate experience in the middle or bottom of your notes section as an additional point.

2. Mortgage Experience
Many of our members have some type of Mortgage experience. If you are a current Mortgage Broker, you might be seen as competition and people might not want to hire you. However, the mistake many Notaries name is to claim that they have “x” amount of years in the “Mortgage Industry.” They often do not disclose what job titles they had in the industry or what their tasks were. People who use our site reward those who give specifics and give you a clear idea of who you are, what you have done, and what you know how to do. Additionally, using the “x” number of years is a bad idea, because you might have a listing with us for ten or twenty years and you have to keep updating your # of years every year. It is easier to say, “Notary since 1986.” or “Mortgage Appraiser since 2009.” You could say, “I was a Mortgage Broker from 2004 to 2015.” which clears up when you did it, how long, and that you no longer do it which might com as a relief.

3. Business Experience
Many Notaries have run a business before. They put, “Former business owner.” In their notes. This is horrible. It doesn’t say what type of business you ran, what position you had, what your responsibilities were, or what time period you did it. Be specific and understand that the reader doesn’t know if you had a business collecting hub caps or if you ran a fortune 500 company. You need to specify!

4. Types of Loans
It is common for Notaries to say, “I know how to sign every type of loan.” This is bad, because there are so many types of financial packages that few notaries have signed them all. Just make a detailed list of the loans you have signed, i.e.: I have signed purchases, sales, refinances, FHA, VA, conventional, unconventional, conforming, modification, reverse mortgages, and debt consolidations. I suggest having another list of common documents that you have signed. If the user has one of the types of loans on your list, he is more likely to hire you than some other character who makes vague claims or no claims about their loan experience.

5. Number of Loans
Some Notaries who are smart keep their number of loans signed statistics up to date regularly. Others say that they have signed two hundred plus loans. Two hundred plus is not a number by the way. Two hundred is a number. Since the information is not date stamped, (hmm, perhaps I should add that as a feature to my directory) there is no way to know how accurate the information still is. Number of loans signed is a good indication of how much experience you have, and is much more helpful than how many years of experience you have. You might have one month of experience and have signed 200 loans, or you might have twenty years of experience only having signed one loan per year which would be 20 loans. Think about it.

6. Omitting to read through our thorough guides
123notary has published many point by point tutorials on how to write a good notes section, what buzzwords to add, which to omit, what to say and how to say it. By not spending at least two hours reading our comprehensive guides, taking notes, and writing a well organized and thorough notes section – you are losing business. We will even clean up your notes for free upon request, but we get very few requests.

7. Unique catchy phrases
It is hard to teach someone how to write a catchy phrase. I created some articles with the best phrases I could find. It takes time and thought to create a one liner. However, readers are so bored reading through notes sections that if you can write something spicy, they might like it, and they might call you first. So, put some time into thinking up something catchy to say, and see how people react. You might need to modify what you put at a later date.

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February 3, 2020

Best posts about getting reviews

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 10:54 pm

Here are some of our best older posts about getting reviews for your listing on 123notary.com.

FYI: To do well on 123notary, you need several reviews on your listing in addition to having a good notes section. New reviews gravitate clients more than old reviews. If all of your reviews are three or more years old, you will appear to be someone who used to be trying hard, but who is taking it easy now. To avoid looking like a washed out notary, try to get two new reviews every year. The minute anyone says, “gee I love your work”, that is your cue to say, “oh, can you write me a review? I can just send you a link and it takes only 25 seconds.” Get their email address, send them a link to your review page, and they just need to put in their name, email address, and a quick comment in their own words. Not everyone will do this, but around 10% will. So, you need to keep asking people. You might need to ask two dozen people per year to get two or three reviews, but that is all you need to get positive attention on 123notary. The main thing is to make it a habit to ask for reviews.

123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16290

You lose $333 each time you don’t ask for a review!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18893

5 or 6 reviews doubles your business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8484

The link is the missing link to getting reviews on 123notary!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18890

Handling complaints (bad reviews) like a man!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22619

Flossing vs. Reviews – both are habits
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22259

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February 2, 2020

When Jeremy cleans up a notes section, the clicks go up by 55%

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 10:53 pm

I make it a practice to clean up people’s notes sections. But, I don’t do it every day. I do my sweeps from time to time and will go through a few thousand listings. What I prefer is if a Notary will email me and ask me to clean up their notes section and make suggestions. The problem I have is that most Notaries have a very stripped down notes section and say very little about themselves. At this point, I ask them to spend an hour or more reading our tutorials and taking notes about what they need to add to their notes that the didn’t add yet. Then, they need to compose a notes section. I cannot clean up a notes section that has two lines of content – there is nothing to work with.

What I found is that most Notaries write jumbled and disorganized notes sections. Sometimes the information is good, but the formatting is generally bad. Additionally, people tend to put the most critical information and bury it below. This is why I like to clean up people’s notes sections. I bring the most salient information to the top, as that will show up on the search results. I organize the content into a well structured easy to read format. Sometimes I rephrase things to cut through the fluff. People reading your profile have no time for inconsequential extra words. Get to the point and be factual and helpful.

Being unique and factual wins the game, while making vague claims about how adjective, adjective, and adjective you are does not help and can often hurt.

The bottom line is: When I clean up someone’s notes section, they get about 55% more clicks than before. I took a sample of twenty listings and took readings. People will click on your listing more if:

1. Salient information or selling features about you appear in the search results. They will appear in the search results if they are the first 150 or 200 characters in your notes section

2. You have a well organized and factual notes section

3. You have unique information

4. You have a lot of useful things to say about yourself.

Paying for a listing on our site is generally a good move, but you have to spend the time to make your presentation be helpful and stand out. This takes time. On the other hand, if you keep your listing for ten or twenty years you only have to write the notes section once, and then spruce it up a little perhaps twice per year. It is not that hard, and it will really pay off too in terms of clicks, calls, and jobs if you do a good job. So invest an hour or two, write a good notes section, and email me so I can do my magic cleaning it up at no cost to you!

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February 1, 2020

Notary Advertising Resources

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 10:51 pm

Here are some articles about Notary Advertising that might be
considered resource materials or at least useful materials.

LISTINGS

How does pricing work for top placements on 123notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19355

What is a high placed listing on 123notary worth?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16720

What makes a preferential listing do well on 123notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22110

To do well with a high placed listing you need 6000 loans signed
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22112

Which analytics get more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary
analytics system.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22114

DIRECTORIES

Which Notary directories get the high paying signings?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19201

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21222

Who is involved with 123notary behind the scenes?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18888

The history of 123notary.com
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17458

A string of posts about Snapdocs
http://blog.123notary.com/?s=snapdocs

Testimonials about 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=700

ADVERTISING RESOURCES

Do you compare yourself to others on the 123notary search results?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18882

Beginner Notary 103 – advertising on 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21127

Title companies use the top three on 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21282

Names for notary businesses that can get you in trouble
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19064

High placed listings. Which get more clicks and why?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22116

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January 31, 2020

Oaths need to be signed?

Filed under: California_Notary — admin @ 11:39 am

I have heard from my sources that Oaths, Affirmations and Depositions all need to be signed by the Notary in California. This is on page 28 in the 2019 handbook near the top of the page.

But, how do you sign an Oath? An Oath is given in thin air? Unless you have a certificate stating that you gave an Oath. Or if the Oath is part of a document that is signed by all parties. Hmm. This is very odd. I wonder if any of our members have ever signed an Oath. Most of our Notaries don’t even know how to give Oaths correctly. Please let me know.

BTW, there is suggested verbiage for Jurat Oaths in the 2019 handbook on page 12. You can improvise upon it as there is no official verbiage.

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January 30, 2020

Do you hire notaries? What do you ask them?

Filed under: Best Practices — admin @ 11:36 am

Are you a title company, mortgage broker, loan officer, escrow officer, Attorney or other entity that hires notaries? You can’t just hire any old Notary. You need to ask them questions. But, what would you ask them?

Should you ask questions about how they would handle particular situations? Or should you ask more cut and dry technical questions about notary procedure? How about asking them to describe certain documents?

Many title companies I talk to judge a notary based on the first twenty seconds of interaction. They can tell right away by a person’s tone, demeanor, and style of communication how the discussion is going to go and how the work is going to go.

For me, I prefer to judge people based on multiple layers. Interaction, competency, motivation in maintaining their profile, etc. Only looking at their initial phone demeanor says a lot, but that is not enough to size someone up in my opinion.

If you are hiring Notaries, think carefully about what is important to ask them. What you ask a Notary reveals a lot about what the notary knows, how they think and how cooperative they are about answering questions.

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