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January 28, 2020

Facebook’s karma – freedom of speech violations

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 11:20 am

Facebook was a popular way for 123notary get reach in our marketing and come into contact with a lot more people. But, in the last few years, Facebook got more and more restrictive in what you could post, especially on promoted posts. If anyone complained about a title being even slightly controversial or a photo used then I would get in trouble.

Facebook is a utility of sorts. In the USA, we have freedom of speech and press, and what we say on the phone or other communication utilities is our right. How I interact with my users on Facebook should be up to me. But, Facebook has intervened and told me that my image of a tarot card cannot be used because there is a figure of a naked person. It is so small I didn’t notice and it is a dummy person with no genitals, yet someone still complained.

It is a bit like living in a communist country where people are in a huge hurry to report you to the authorities for doing any tiny thing wrong. Why are Americans in such a hurry to limit another person’s freedom of expression? It baffles me. But, the current consciousness of Americans loves repression of freedom of speech, loves lynchings of people who have been accused of being racist or sexist whether the accusation is true or not, and even approves of torture of alleged terrorists. What is the world coming to? This is not the America I grew up in. It is getting very Marxist.

At any rate. a few years after Facebook became overly constrictive, I noticed that Facebook became a lot less popular in general, especially for 123notary. It is getting to the point where we might lower our involvement with Facebook or stop altogether. I feel that they developed bad karma from being too restrictive and that they lost a huge chunk of their business as a result.

I wonder if they will have a come back or whether they are just a has been who might be popular with an aging population but will never be popular with the millennials who run the country now. Hmmm.

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January 21, 2020

How much is it worth to have choices of clients?

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 10:38 am

Most Notaries stop advertising as much when they have enough clients.
Other Notaries complain that they don’t attract the good clients or
that it takes too long to get paid. Most of the misery that Notaries
go through are due to the fact that they have mostly lousy clients.
The two main reasons why they have horrible clients is:

1. They are inexperienced Notaries lacking refinement and knowledge.
2. They don’t market themselves enough to pick and choose their clients

There are fixes to both of these maladies. If you lack refinement,
make it your purpose to master every step of the mobile notary
business. Take more courses, and master the materials. 123notary has
free and paid courses for signing agent knowledge by the way. The fix
for marketing is to spend more on advertising. If you get a higher
spot on 123notary (and it’s not free) and advertise in more counties
on 123notary, and also on other directories, you attract more calls.
It is like fishing – if you have a wider net, you attract more fish.
If you are going to throw back the fish you don’t like, you will still
have enough fish left over if your net is big enough.

Having more choices of clients means the following.
1. Getting paid more
2. Getting paid faster
3. Being treated with more respect and appreciation.
4. Perhaps less fax backs and shorter packages

From my point of view, for a full-time mobile notary, having choices
and better clients might be worth $1000 or more per month and perhaps
$15,000 or more per year. How much of that would you put into
advertising? In my opinion, at least 10% makes sense to have the
luxury of clients you absolutely love.

Mastering your game is another way to get good clients. Carmen is the
best Notary I know. She is smooth, knowledgeable and refined through
every step of the process. People offer her $175 to $300 per signing
because they know they are in good hands with her. If the rest of you
guys could try to have the same poise and savoir faire that she does,
you might see your paycheck going up. On the other hand if you don’t
study to up your notary knowledge because you, “don’t need to” or
“already know everything” then I guess there is no room for
improvement.

But, the rewards for improving yourself are fantastic. If you make
less than $125 per signing, then there is a lot of room for
improvement because Carmen wouldn’t even go down the street for that
price. Think about it.

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January 16, 2020

10 reasons to get a high placed listing on 123notary

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 9:30 am

Many Notaries go for top listings on 123notary despite the high price
because they know it generates jobs. However, many Notaries prefer the
free listings because they don’t want to pay for performance. Here are
some reasons that might sway your opinion on paying for a higher spot
on 123notary.

1. Title companies prefer the top several notaries on 123notary.
Title assumes that the top several notaries are better quality on
123notary. This might have to do with the fact that we use an
algorithm to filter out those with low overall scores from being high
on the list. Title is picking up on that fact, and that has been the
case for years. Title companies that pay well rarely look far down the
list for Notaries.

2. Get seen
People higher on the list get seen more than those down the list.
People shopping for price might go all the way down the list to look
for a notary, but those who pay well do not generally have to look
far. Paying a few hundred to be high on the list can pay off fast
especially when business is good.

3. Get paid more per signing
Those listed higher on the list generally get paid more per signing.
People who low-ball often hire from lower on the list or go to
SnapDocs, or NotaryRotary.

4. Get more clicks and overall calls.
If you are high on the list, you will get many more clicks and calls
than those down the list. You will get more jobs than with an
identical listing down the list. Being high on the list doesn’t
guarantee jobs, but it makes you in people’s face and impossible to
miss.

5. Don’t get overlooked
Most people who use 123notary start at the top and keep calling until
they find someone who can do the job for a reasonable price. If you
are at the bottom of the list, you might never get called except for
jobs that are late at night, far away, or don’t pay well. Although you
never know.

6. Get respect
People assume you are a better quality notary when you are at the top
of 123notary.com. Our site has a reputation for having good notaries,
especially at the top of the list.

7. Get high placement in neighboring counties
Only a high spot on 123notary will get you higher placement (above the
free listings at least) in adjascent counties at no extra cost. Some
Notaries get heavy call volume from neighboring areas as well as from
their home area.

8. Have a guarantee of where you will show up on the list.
Regular, preferential and free listings do not guarantee you where
you will show up. They are just levels. Preferential means you are
above regular, and regular means you are above free. It doesn’t
guarantee a particular placement. Being a p20 guaranatees you top
placement on your county page. We cannot guarantee zip results due to
the unpredictable overlap, but overlap only happens if someone is near
you, but on the other side of a county line.

9. Have a guarantee you won’t be removed
Free listings do not get always get reminders to login and can be
removed on a whim by 123notary staff. High placed paid listings get
reminders to login and you will not be removed unless you ignore a lot
of reminders to login by email and phone. In fact, with most top
placements, I login for them (shhh, don’t tell anyone.)

10. Get customer service
If you are a free listing, you get minimal if any customer service
from us. But, high placed listings get not only password assistance,
but get help with their notes section, marketing advice, and lots of
hand holding from Jeremy and Carmen. If you want to be cared for and
get high quality help from people who have been in the business for 22
years, a top listing is a cost efficient way to get that.

NOTE
High placed listings perform well if they have a few reviews from
satisfied clients as well as a thorough and well written notes
section. If you leave your listing stripped down, you might not get
your money’s worth. 123notary is in the business of getting renewals
and repeat business, so we strongly suggest that you ask for our help
and suggestions as to how to make the most of your listing. That way
you will get more work and be very likely to renew with us which is
what we depend on for our long term survival. Getting 123notary
certification is another strong plus for your listing and you can
email us to learn more about that.

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January 15, 2020

Your experience matters, but you need to document it clearly

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 9:29 am

Notaries brag all day long about how experienced they are. Nobody
wants to hear your bragging. These same Notaries who verbally boost
themselves up are the same Notaries who don’t always login to their
listing to document their experience.

Remember – when you tell a caller how experienced you are, only one
person hears you; When you indicate in your listing how many loans you
have signed (in the # of loans signed box please) and indicate in your
notes what types of loans and documents you’ve signed, thousands can
read that information and hence hear you.

I have found that many Notaries, particularly the free listings do not
login to their listing much. I remove many who don’t login and we hear
from them years after the fact. When I put them back online, they
rarely update their # of loans signed. Often when I confirm the
information with them I inform them that their profile states they
signed 50 loans. I get this loud reaction such as, “Oh, no it’s
WAYYYYY more than that.” My attitude is – don’t tell me, tell your
listing. Thousands read it, so why not maintain it?

A well maintained listing gets over 1000 views per year.

Many notaries are vague about the type of experience they have and
spend more time discussing their Real Estate or teaching career in
their notes section. Be specific about what types of loans you know
how to sign. Go through them one by one. Discuss your professional
background clearly too. Don’t just say that you were in the mortgage
industry. Tell us what role you played in that industry. Specifics
sell.

SUMMARY
When you brag to a caller – one person hears your information; When
you fill in your # of loans signed & notes – 1000 people hear your
information;

It takes a minute to fill in your # of loans signed and you should
update that several times per year. Many people let it slide for many
years. If 123notary feels that your # of loans signed indicates that
you are doing almost nothing, not maintaining your listing, or making
outrageous claims of having signed more loans that humanly possible –
we notice. Try to just publish helpful and truthful information and
keep it updated. Thanks!

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January 10, 2020

Some Facebook groups are speaking favorably about 123notary

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 9:27 am

I remember back in 2017 I was testing Notaries by phone. Many were
complaining very loudly. There were Facebook groups that would bash us
daily just because I wanted to have quality standards. Most Notaries
claim to be great, but without testing them it does not make sense to
take their word for it.

In any case, I heard that recently (in 2019) Notaries are saying nice
things about 123notary on a few Facebook groups. It’s about time! All
I do is work hard to maintain quality on my site! I stopped testing
people by phone in early 2018, so hopefully people will forget about
how unpleasant it is.

The real problem with the testing is that people did not want to be
tested, and furthermore, they mostly did not know the answers. We test
now by email and most people just don’t respond. But, those who do
respond have time to think about the questions and answer them at a
time that is favorable to them. Many people learn something answering
my questions too.

Notary Public 101 is a free course I created that is on the blog. It
is free and you do not need a password. Learn all about notary
procedure, confirming appointments, handling tough situations, and
more. You need to know this information anyway, so try to set apart
some time and master it.

123notary strives hard to benefit Notaries even if we are tough
sometimes. If we are demanding it is for a good reason — so we can
please the users by offering them the best quality notaries possible.
Thanks to those who say nice things about us on social media.

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January 7, 2020

A Notary in Nevada made $10,000 in one month in 2019?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:22 am

Yes, it is possible to make money as a Notary in 2019. Our other
articles about successful Notaries were mostly from 2013 or before as
business was not fast from 2014 until mid 2019. But, this Notary did
90 signings and made $10,000 in a single month. And yes, her primary
advertising is on 123notary.

She is full of energy and enthusiasm. She had eighteen months
experience, so she was not seasoned by any standards. Additionally,
she did not drive more than 20 miles in any direction. She got roughly
half of the work from 123notary too.

It is always refreshing to learn about a new notary who is doing well
in 2019 as it was very slow for so long. Most of the Notaries who make
the big money have years and years of experience. So, how can newer
Notaries do well? Being very businesslike, answering the phone,
maintaining your listing information, getting reviews, and advertising
with a high spot on 123notary.

I hope to hear more stories like this.

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December 29, 2019

Reviews — the minute you get listed

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 11:04 pm

Most of our seasoned Notaries have a long scroll of reviews, and they should. Browsers judge you by your reviews. If you don’t have them, you will not be seen in a very positive light. But, people who just signed up on 123notary often wait a very long time before getting reviews.

Newer listings lack credibility. Without reviews or certifications, people will not trust you. So, with a new listing, the first thing you need to do is to get reviews from anyone. Your clients, signing companies, title companies, neighbors, your cat (if she can type), or a friend who has used you. My rule is that if they have used you, they can write a review. Send them and emailed link and ask for a review.

Remember — five reviews doubles your incoming new calls on 123notary.com and you might have to ask five dozen people and send links to get that many reviews, but it is worth it. Reviews lose their gravitation towards new clients after two or three years so keep getting new ones — they are date stamped and you don’t want to look washed out.

Additionally, study from Notary Public 101 and try to take our over the phone certification test as well. Good luck!

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December 18, 2019

A Notary emails me to say Snapdocs was down

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 8:38 am

Is this a karmic thing happening? is this the beginning of the end of Snapdocs? Does it mean their engineers are slipping? Or was it just a glitch? A moment in time when the universe was not perfect. Will SnapDocs lose its snappiness one day? Willl they lose their appeal? Or will they continue to dominate market share?

In any case, it is nice when Notaries email me to let me know what is going on in the world. My comment to the notary who emailed me this news was — the drama thickens!

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A compilation of posts about Snapdocs
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December 7, 2019

Social Media Site for Notaries – JuratBook

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 7:39 am

Welcome to JuratBook, a social media site for Notaries. Notaries typically use this to complain about slow paying signing companies, and boast about how good their 123notary listing is doing.

With JuratBook, you can post an unlimited amount of special notary emoji’s on your posts. The surprised emoji would be if you got paid on time. The sad emoji would be if there were too many fax backs. A heart emoji would be because you love Jeremy and Carmen. A thumbs up (or thumb prints up) would be if you either liked a particular signing company, or if you thumb printed someone.

You can take selfies of you and your customers and post them. You can talk about what you do when you are not notarizing.

The problem with JuratBook is that it makes people more competitive about how popular they are. It makes you think your life isn’t as full as all these other people with lots of postings who celebrate life every day.

Unlike Facebook, you can use hateful speech on JuratBook. It has to be allowed, because Notaries are so frustrated by not getting paid on time. JuratBook believes in freedom of speech.

The algorithm used for JuratBook helps promote posts more about the social aspects of being a Notary rather than dull work related posts.

What constitutes JuratBook friendship? Do you have to notarize each other? Or have each other’s thumb print? The rules keep changing as the owner Sam Zuckerberg — Mark’s lesser known and less successful brother.

JuratBook — your social media venue!

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Affiant – a social media site for notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6410

Yes, it’s the Notary dating show
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15312

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November 27, 2019

I am writing about how I am out of ideas of topics to write about

Filed under: Comprehensive Guides,Social Media — admin @ 5:57 am

It is the first time in eight years where I have racked my brains and cannot think of anything to write about. Back in 2011 I remember that I had the same problem. I started to write about state issues. There were few readers and lots of critics. Every time I made a mistake or didn’t make a state-specific mistake but was accused of it, it was a headache.

I have written about notary technical issues to the point where I cannot think of anything I didn’t already cover. I could go over materials I already wrote about and rewrite them. But, unique material will be hard to think of.

Comedy articles are fun because there seems to be an infinite source of ideas. I work with several comedy writers and you can tie notary themes in with themes in the news which keep changing.

What do you guys think I should write about other than my wacky road trips to other states?

By the way, I didn’t think of the idea of this article. A 22 year old guy with a good sense of humor thought I should write about this when I mentioned to him that I can’t think of anything to write about.

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Thanks.

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