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September 27, 2019

Facebook comments down to almost none

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 10:35 pm

In the old days, our Facebook used to be such a medium for Notary conversation. But, Notaries little by little slowed down their commentary on our Facebook page. Our Forum slowed down many years ago and never came back up. We might get one post per day. How sad and sluggish. Maybe on day the industry will pick up, but for now it is really slow and sad in terms of social media. I have put such hard work into blogging, Facebook and a little work on Twitter that I just feel sad.

On the other hand, perhaps there are topics that people would be more apt to comment on? The posts people comment on tend to be divisive, political and controversial and the comments tend to be rude, because Americans cannot and will not be polite discussing differences. Sad. I guess I sound like Trump saying that — but, the guy has a point.

So, let’s hope for the best in terms of Facebook.

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August 4, 2019

Nice things people said about 123notary in the blog commentaries

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 10:38 am

Jeremy…you do a great job helping your notaries do a better job and to get more business. Thanks for all the info you send us. I do appreciate it. The other “listing notary companies” just want our money!

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Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to bringing this advice to us. Sometimes the truth is hard to take in but at the end of the day, I would rather have the truth than the lie. Hard work DOESN’T come by twiddling my thumbs and waiting for it to come to me. I’m HUNGRY for knowledge! Therefore, l WILL SUCCEED!

I will do my best to apply this advice in my business.

Respectfully,

Jacqueline Angela Stokes
Integrity Notary Service, Inc.

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I laughed so hard at some of these stories that my side hurts. I’ve been in this “never know what to expect” business since 2009
and I love it because I have never seen two closings that are alike. It’s always an exciting challenge. Sad or funny we all have good memories and I truly appreciate the people I met along the way that allowed me to be a part of their life.
Thank you Jeremy this was GREAT reading!

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Get ’em Jeremy!
I agree with you.
I’ve learned a lot from you.
I appreciate your efforts to weed out the idiots–there are far too many.
I love your website.
Keep it up!

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Great Article. I agree with you. I believe 97% of Notaries will flunk your test.

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The following is not meant to be a political statement. As Susan Collins said recently….. “we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans”. That appears to be your problem when you state that “Being nice in my job description comes last in a long list of other requirements.”
Being nice, whether you are the hiring party or not, is a basic human value that we all need to remember. I am not trying to be antagonistic or whiny. I am tired of seeing the constant division is this county and I would like to see all of us benefit from your business and your knowledge. Please take a moment to think about this and try to see things from your and our prospective.

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BRAVO Jeremy!! Your explanations are SO clear and logical. Of course, I agree with all you said.Over 25 years dealing with my Journals has proved to me: There’s no room for Multiple Choice in a journal. Can’t possibly cover all possible choices.

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One thing is for sure: I find coverage here that I don’t find anywhere else.

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When you do the episode “Notaries Without Underwear”, let me know.

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Once again, Jeremy proves he is a champion for notaries, without 123Notary I would not be as successful in acquiring business clients. Thank you Jeremy!!!

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June 21, 2019

Demographics and who is reading my blog

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 12:21 pm

I used to think that most of my readers were women over fifty. And maybe the readers who comment and are listed with us meet that profile. But, the people who read my blog are all types. What surprised me is that most are male (and males are a gender minority in the notary industry) and that most people reading our blog were under 45 which was another huge surprise.

So, I’m going to have to make my blog more hip to keep these young hipsters more interested. Maybe I need to talk more about young people things. I don’t even know who the pop stars are these days other than Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus. Sounds like I need to get more with the times.

By the way, I just learned that Miley and her hubby Liam Hemsworth cannot stop fighting and that their marriage is at risk. Why not just date?

The largest age segment reading my blog is 26-35. Who would have guessed. And it is not because of the Notary profession. Young people in general seem to spend more time on the net, particularly men with poor social skills. Women prefer to spend time with real people — and so do I. So I finally agree with women about something but still can’t figure out why they like shoes so much.

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Demographics in the mobile notary business
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Compilation of notary stories on the blog categorized
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December 5, 2018

Notary Rotary’s forum has really declined

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 12:29 pm

Our forum has really shut down. We get a few comments from time to time. If I promote forum posts on Facebook or the newsletter I’ll get some play. But, it is more on my effort. Notary Rotary‘s forum has always been the most active one. I’m not sure why. But, it is always the same people over there.

Lee/AR
Luckydog
MW/VA
Yoli
Linda H
NVL Slady
Cheryl Elliott

There were a few others. These (roughly) half dozen people are responsible for half the content on the forum these days. It used to be about three dozen regulars. What is happening to our industry? Our Facebook still gets good clicks, but does not have the commentary we used to get from Notaries. The whole industry is slowing down, and the old-timers are either not around or not contributing as much anymore.

Notary Rotary’s forum used to fill up two pages or more per day. Now it is two days per page. Things are so slow. July 2018 was the worst month I have had in my career since 2005.

Maybe one day things will pick up. But, they did have more than a dozen new companies over the last year who I added to my records, so at least there is some new blood in our business.

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October 15, 2018

Testimonial from Frank Tabacca

Filed under: Social Media — Tags: — admin @ 11:47 am

Hello Everyone

My name is Frank and I have been a Certified Signing Agent for over 9 years. Compared to some people out there that’s not a lot, but my point is this, after doing the same thing for a long time, many of us could get complacent. Well, I sure did.

I thought I knew more than most people in this business. I lost that excitement, like when you first started out. My desire to learn wasn’t like it used to be.

At first, I really did feel like reading the material, but once I started, I couldn’t stop, because I was learning things I should have known. I began to feel the desire to read more and learn more. As corny as this may sound, I feel like I’m back again. I feel like it gave me the jump start I needed that I didn’t know I needed.

I am self employed. This is my business and my company and if I don’t treat it as such, it will not produce the way it should or could.

We are all captains of our own ship. We have to lead not follow. I shouldn’t need someone else to get me motivated. We should all have the self desire to read this material and continue to review and search for any information that could help us increase our bottom line.

Since then, I have been vigorously pursuing the desperately needed updating of everything related my business, including my 123notary profile, other profiles with my clients, my own website, marketing, business tools and more.

I needed this.

I am glad 123notary decided to retest everyone. Especially ME!!

Thank you 123notary.

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August 21, 2018

Comments I liked on the Blog August 2018

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 10:48 am

Some of the comments we get on our blog are really interesting, and learning tools for myself and the rest of us. Here are a few that I liked and/or found fascinating.

Here are comments I liked. With all the grief Carmen and I go through, it is nice that people appreciate the good things we do.

General Response
“Always good friend no. Like the humor it keeps me alert”

General Response
“I love your articles…you put such a funny twist on stuff. Makes me laugh!!”

General Response
“Good review Jeremy, keep these coming, these are helpful tools to keep us sharp. Thank you.”

General Response
“Notaries are careless and sloppy. Over the last 10 years I’ve assisted about 30 second signers on documents, usually refinances. I believe just one or two were error free… either a mistake by the notary, or missing a mistake by the signer accounted for the others. Frequently two or more errors refinanced.Lenders are even worse.”

General Response
“Indeed. 123notary is a refreshing site for sure. I love it!!!! And – I definitely love your (Ken Edelstein) comments and notarial instructions–thank you! And I do appreciate Jeremy holding notaries to a higher standard. I was at a signing not long ago as a Witness. An attorney conducted the signing and did NOT swear the Borrowers in and did not do a Journal entry though he acted as the Notary. I was agape and aghast.

I do think the readers should stay away from red vans and northern Massachusetts back roads where there are lurking slippery seals in an oil spill due to offshore drilling that Harvey Weinstein undoubtedly caused and the Buddhist nuns condoned. The café that Jeremy described is most likely haunted by notaries who do not listen, do not care, do not swear people in, do not keep a Journal, and who rarely pick up their phones unless it is Harvey calling them, and, generally, who ain’t right and ain’t gonna get right. There are most certainly better roads and cafes in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where you are apt to find Your Favorite Mobile Notary enjoying a cuppa and studying Professor Closen’s new book. /Penny ”

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The way you treat Jeremy might be the same way you treat title. Response
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19590
“I hope 123notary staff realize how thankful this notary is for all that you do! Hope to never be perceived as rude or ungrateful….so wanted to publicly acknowledge this job generating venue.”

Notary Public 101 Vocabulary Response

Notary Public 101 — Basic Notary Vocabulary


“Good info Jeremy! You even made it interesting with the random additional information! I”m curious, could one of those be on the test as well??”

Letter to Donald Trump response.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19908
“I agree wholeheartedly with the case Larry has stated above. Over-regulation does not make an industry better, it cripples it. That why President Trump has rescinded so many hundreds of regulations ion so many areas. It no longer takes 19 years to get approval to build a road, for example. All the regulations in California need to stay right there and not infect the Great State of Florida. How much of the qualifiers are really in the interests of the notary industry, the notaries or in the interests of those trying to regulate.”

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Some of you people have a few screws loose response
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19473
“Jeremy, I too don’t want to get on your bad side and totally respect your standards that notaries need to study and keep up to date.

However, in the trenches things are much different than being asked questions over the phone at a time you are not mentally prepared for. When I am going to a signing and before ( even at the time of making the appointment) I begin rehearsing, thinking, and planning for the possible events of the signing. I have more the one form of employment, so it takes me a moment or two to get in my Notary frame of mind. Honestly, answering question after question over the phone is not a full measure of the quality of a notaries knowledge or expertise. That said, you provide a valuable service to all and I applaud you. I know my phone call to test is coming, I only hope its in the am and you don’t mind my long pauses to think! jk”

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August 23, 2017

Letter to the NNA about Notary Testing

Filed under: Popular on Linked In,Popular Overall,Social Media — admin @ 12:10 am

Dear NNA,
It has come to my attention that the focus that both of our organizations have put on loan document knowledge seems to be a somewhat wasted focus for two reasons. First, the people we both have certified don’t know their loan documents that well. Second, Notaries tend to know their loan documents better than they know their Notary procedures.

When we get complaints about our Notaries, the complaints are normally that a Notary was rude, left someone high and dry after a botched signing not returning emails or calls, or that the notary made a Notary mistake (more common with beginners) or did not follow directions.

To certify someone as a loan signer who cannot function as a Notary is a mistake we have both made. I can show you many examples of individuals who have an intimate and flawless understanding of loan documents who cannot answer basic Notary questions.

For example, if you called your members up one by one and asked them the difference between an Acknowledgment and a Jurat two things would happen. First, they would be offended that you called them and second, 90% would not give a thorough or correct answer according to my findings.

Notary knowledge trumps loan signing knowledge as the most common errors that happen at a loan signing are notary errors. Notaries commonly stamp where they see the word “seal” whether there is notarial wording or not. Notaries stamp over wording. Many Notaries decline legal requests for foreign language notarizations in California. The most common misunderstanding is that in 44 states, an Acknowledged signature can be signed prior to appearing before the Notary Public. There are many other issues as well.

The main point of this letter is to let you know that we are testing people on the wrong things. We need to know if someone is a good Notary and if they have a good attitude first. If they don’t know the difference between an Occupancy Affidavit and a Compliance Agreement, that will probably not come back to haunt anyone. But, if you identify someone incorrectly and notarize someone with an ID that says John Smith as John W Smith simply becuase you are “supposed to” have the person sign as their named is typed in the document, you could end up in court on an identity theft case for months without pay, and possibly be named as a defendent in addition to merely being a witness.

Last but not least, journal thumbprints are a hot topic of debate among myself and the Notaries. Many Notaries are being discouraged from taking thumbprints simply because it seems invasive or offensive to some Notary customers. However, the thumbprint has been the one piece of information that has helped the FBI nail some really scary ponzi schemers and identity thiefs. Not all states require journal thumbprints yet, but people who lead Notary organizations should do more to encourage people to take thumbprints as a measure to protect society from frauds.

Thumbprinting should be encouraged by scaring Notaries into realizing that without a thumbprint, they might be in court for a very long time, or named as a defendent and conspirator in an identity theft ring. Unlikely or not, the truth is that the FBI does treat Notaries like suspects as a matter of practice whenever anything goes wrong that requires their attention. Keeping good records is a way to wrap up situations quickly and without being blamed as a shoddy record keeper.

So, let’s both invest more in testing Notaries better on what really matters which is the fact that Notary knowledge takes precident over loan signing knowledge, and that following directions, getting back to people and being nice in the face of adversity are the most important things! Knowing the details of the Correction Agreement is actually the least important thing to know. According to lenders I know, the POA is the only document in a loan package which they stress that I test people on!

Thanks for your support, and I recommend your Notary educational products to all although I am out of touch with what the current names for your courses are as I studied from you in 1997. I think the Notary Essentials is what people have mentioned they were studying.

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July 26, 2017

Most of what Jeremy & Carmen at 123notary offer all day is FREE.

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 10:54 am

People complain that prices on 123notary are expensive. But, they are complaining that the top placements are expensive. They should be. There can only be a single #1 spot in any particular area, and lots of people want it. Limited supply, and plenty of demand. But, lots of other things on 123notary are free. Here are some free things that 123notary offers.

Helpline
We have no official helpline, but customers call in and talk to Carmen, and write in seeking help with technical Notary and signing agent issues as well as marketing strategy. We are happy to help because that is our reason for being (in addition to having the sea bass tempura sushi roll at Robata Grill down the street — my other reason for being.)

Free listings
People who are not sure about 123notary can usually get a free listing. We restrict free listings in busy areas, but we do make exceptions if you write a great notes section for your future listing. Whomever said there is nothing for free out there doesn’t understand the directory business. Most online directories offer most of their listings for free, but not the good listings at the top. Your free listings also offer you freedom — another way to be free, as you can write what you like in your notes section as long as it is appropriate, topical, and as long as big brother doesn’t mind.

Notes Makeovers
Jeremy is happy to give your notes section a free lookover and make suggestions on what to add, or reorganize it for you. People who get makeovers get about 50% more clicks on average simple because their listing makes a much better impression after the fact and is so much easier to process the data when organized well. Notes makeovers are free — get one today! (eyeliner and foundation sold separately)

Blogucation
Most Notaries have to pay to get courses so they can learn something. However, at 123notary, we feel that what people learn in courses is not enough. If you take a course, your brain will close up after you finish studying. It is better that you keep learning and learn a broad diversification of Notary and Signing Agent topics. Our blog covers marketing, technical, industry news, Notary comedy and much more to keep you at the top of your game. Many Notaries learn more from our blog than they learned from any course — and it’s free! We should probably create a test based purely on blog topics to make sure people are reading! Just don’t get your mind “blogged down” by overdosing on our content!

Contacting Delinquent Listings
Jeremy contacts people daily who have not logged into their free or paid listing. We also contact people with blank notes sections. If anything is wrong with your listing, we will eventually contact you. We are always watching. It’s easier if you just login to your listing more than a logger named Tim Burr does logging in to his listing (if they have listings.)

Answering dumb questions for the public
Since we have such a comprehensive list of signing companies, and since our number is on the left site of the page template, we get dumb people calling in all day assuming we are FASS, or Nation’s Direct. It takes a lot of reasoning to convince them that we are not, and that if they want to sue a particular signing company for not paying them, to have their Attorney find the correct signing company to sue and to stop bothering us. This work is courtesy of Carmen. Part of the problem is that we don’t always list the phone numbers for the signing companies on our listings, while we do list the address and web address. Maybe we should be more comprehensive.

In short, most of what Jeremy and Carmen do all day is free for the public. So, how do we make our money? People buy fancy top listings from us. Ask us if a top spot is available in your area. And remember, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody heard it fall, it didn’t really make a noise. And if you have a listing at the bottom of the list that nobody sees, it is as good as not existing until you upgrade to the top spot!

Also Read: What are Jeremy’s favorite blog entries?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18837

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December 1, 2016

I eat, breathe and sleep 123notary

Filed under: Social Media — Tags: , — admin @ 11:50 pm

For those of you who wonder what it is like running 123notary, it is non-stop work. I eat, breathe and sleep 123notary.com. I even have dreams about 123notary.com when I’m asleep. I also dreamt that my housemate was listening to loud salsa music, but that’s a different story.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is to roll out of bed, visit the bathroom, and then sit down at my computer for a few hours. There are emails to answer, orders to process, phone calls to call, tweets to tweet, and other things to do as well. I normally take a walk every afternoon and I think about 123notary during the entire walk. Experts claim that taking long walks calms you down and makes you smarter. Some of the greatest artists, composers and thinkers of all time took long walks daily. I include myself in this category of people as I compose great music in my head during walks, but never write it down such as a concerto for orchestra and unaccompanied jazz saxophone (not sure if that would sound so good in real life, but worth a try.)

When I go out with friends, we always discuss 123notary, among other things. I went to the symphony today, not to hear music, but to sit in the lobby and absorb their “qi” energy to benefit 123notary. Yes, feng-shui really does work if you know how to do it right. Basically, everything I do, I do for 123.

As Carmen once put it (sounds like an MTV commercial)

I want my 123

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March 3, 2014

Marketing Posts Analyzed

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 11:25 pm

Popular Themes

How to get work; Who is getting work
(A) 35,000 per month his first year (also in pricing section)
(A) 3 jobs per week to 3 jobs per day (CERTIFICATION) (also in Certification section)
(A) 2013 analytics. who is getting more biz?
(A) CSS to get work these days
(A) We are requiring notaries to be on our approved list
(A) Is a p#20 really superior (also in advertising)
(B) If your name is everywhere, then people will find you (also in advertising)
(B) 5 or 6 REVIEWS doubles your business? (also in review section)
(C) Great attitude gets jobs
(D) Background checked & fingerprinting
(D) Banks prefer a notary

Notary Pricing, Fees & Income Considerations
(A) What does a notary charge in 2013?
(A) 35,000 per month his first year
(A) $1000 per minute
(A) $30 Signings
(A) Has the industry slowed down again?
(A) 6 free things 123notary does
(A) 4 reasons the industry will pick up.
(B) Signing services take a proportion of the fee
(C) 123’s prices went down in 11 areas
(D) Chumped in double booking
(D) Reasons notaries won’t lower their fees

General Marketing
(D) Choosing a name for your business license
(D) Do signing reviews get companies to pay?
(D) Funny notary names.
(F) find a notary page analytics
(F) # of people using find a notary page
(F) Bank Notary
(F) MONTHLY MARKETING PLAN
(F) Rocket science – loan signing isn’t rocket science
(F) Persian name
(F) New Algorithm

Advertising
(A) Is a p#20 really superior (also in how to get work section)
(B) If your name is everywhere, then people will find you
(C) Meao notary service PETS
(C) Complaining about 123notary’s prices going up
(D) economy listings
(D) Wanne be #1 on 123notary?
(D) Free listings really free?
(D) 24 hour icon
(D) 123notary stats took dive
(D) Customers can tell if you don’t login regularly.
(D) Is it free?

Notes
(A) Notes – excerpts from great notes sections
(A) How to write a notes section if you have no experience
(B) How often do you update # of signings.
(B) What to write in your notes section
(C) 10 quick changes to your notes that double your calls
(C) im experienced and pay attention to detail
(C) # of signings… fake it until you make it.
(D) Dependable & reliable in notes
(D) NOTES sections gone bad
(D) General vs. Specific info in notes
(D) Are you too factual or too personal?
(D) Personality and uniqueness
(D) Clarification of vague points in notes
(D) fedex cut off
(F) Testimonial in notes
(D) Docs will be dropped off in a timely fashion
(F) It’s okay to be experienced but not dependable
(F) Vague – are you vague?
(F) Change the county you’re in

Reviews
(B) How much traffic does 123notary really get?
(B) 5 or 6 REVIEWS doubles your business?
(C) Fake REVIEWs
(C) REVIEWS from Title Companies
(D) You only need a review every 2 months
(D) People believe what others say about you
(F) Word of mouse
(F) all reviews created equal?
(F) If movie reviews get stars, why not notary

Certification Note: Tell a story, don’t mention certification in title.
(A) 3 jobs per week to 3 jobs per day (CERTIFICATION) (also in how to get work section)
(C) Top 1%
(D) If not 123notary CERTIFIED
(D) Elite certification
(D) Uncertified and not a single call

Communication
(C) Notaries who have too much work
(D) Why answer the phone? Why call back?
(D) Novice
(F) Fear, anger

Social Media
(C) Our forum is slowly dying
(D) Newsletter has some perks
(D) Linked in interesting
(D) categories
(F) Ideas for blog articles
(F) Facebook to login to the forum
(F) Twitter
(F) Will our newsletter continue to grow?
(F) We are 123notary.com

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