The battle to get our Notaries to fill in their notes section is huge. But, the next hurdle is to get people to put the right stuff. Smart Notaries read our blog articles on how to write a great notes section or see what other Notaries in high places are doing. But, most Notaries write very generic and poorly organized notes. Here are some things you should not put in your notes section, or at least not at the top.
I have been a Real Estate Agent for ten years.
People are hiring you as a Notary, and not a Realtor. If you want to mention low in your notes additional things about yourself as a “by the way” type of thing, then fine. But, don’t put this at the top of your notes or you won’t get clicks.
Certifications are good, but NNA certification doesn’t help so much on 123notary. Our certification helps on our site. You can mention NNA certification near the bottom of your notes where you talk about your E&O, and other background information.
Once again, this goes in your additional info section lower in your notes section.
I am dependable and responsible
The worst Notaries start their notes section with these meaningless adjectives. All Notaries consider themselves to be responsible, but when people hire them, it’s a different story. Responsible Notaries describe themselves and their skillsets WITHOUT using the word responsible.
I will keep your information confidential
That is as useful as to promise not to kill the borrower’s dog. People take for granted you won’t share their information with others as that could be considered criminal or grossly inconsiderate.
How flexible? People who are open 9-5 claim to be flexible. The word means nothing. Give hours, not vagueness.
Repeating your name
The top of your notes section shows up on the search results page. People already know your name. They need to know your skills.
I am an experienced Notary Signing Agent
How much experience? Give specifics not wishy-washy statements.
Put this near the bottom of your notes, not at the top. People want to know what you can do before they know where you can do it.
I understand I am representing you and your reputation
If you want to ramble on and on about wishy-washy understandings, do this low in your notes section in the section where you talk about your personal style.
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Notary Marketing 102’s comprehensive guide to your notes section
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