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January 18, 2020

Jeremy’s tips helped a Notary with title

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 9:32 am

I just talked to a Notary in San Diego about an upgrade. She was the
star of the show and I gave her a huge discount as a result. She said
that she used to think I am mean, but now realizes that all of the
tips I gave her personally and gave via my courses really helped her
with title companies and helped her to be a better Notary (and a
better person.)

1. Using clean acknowledgements instead of doing cross-outs helped her
be a lot more popular with her title clients. Not all companies
appreciate clean work, but her clients did. Cross-outs are messy and
can lead to complications when financial companies sell loans, and can
also cause confusion if a loan ever goes to court which is rare, but

2. I reminded her many times to get reviews, and she followed that
piece of advice and all of my other advice and has the highest points
in my points algorithm of almost any notary on the site. The reviews
got her a lot of business and she keeps getting new ones too which is

3. My tips in general made her a better Notary because she is never
sloppy about anything, understands the intricacies of all Notary and
signing procedures, and always asks for clarification when necessary.
Being meticulous as a result of her education with me made her more
popular with her title clients.

So, if you are in doubt about what to do with your Notary situations,
listen to what Jeremy and Carmen say as a general rule because we are
experienced and know how to handle most situations cleanly and


January 17, 2020

Notarization for a guy who pulls a gun

Filed under: Drama & Tragedy — admin @ 9:30 am

A client of mine in New Jersey tells this harrowing tale about doing a
cash-out job in Patterson.

The Notary enters the house. The borrower calls his wife a crack ho.
They go to the car to do the signing. The borrower pulls a gun, points
it at the Notary and says, “You aren’t going to mess with me man!”
The Notary said, “I’m just here to sign papers.”

Then the Notary got a job signing for a paraplegic. The Notary asked
how the signer was going to sign. The signer asked the notary to put
the pen in his mouth.

After that, the Notary got a call to go to Karen Johnson’s house. He
gets to the house and the woman loudly says, “What the hell is going
on?” It was Whoopi Goldberg using her real name.

So, I guess that Notary had fun notarizing celebrities, but not as
much fun as I had notarizing an arsonist and his jurors — not that I
am trying to be one-up on him!


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

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.

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.


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

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

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!


January 14, 2020

Where do you get your Notary information from?

Filed under: Best Practices — admin @ 9:29 am

Carmen tells me regularly how Notaries get information from random
sources on the internet or from other Notaries who don’t know what
they are doing. This is dangerous. You are legally responsible for
the notary work you do. If you do your work wrong, you can get in
trouble with your notary division or in trouble with the law.
Therefore, it makes sense that you get your information from reliable

NNA and 123notary publish a lot of notary information online. We are
generally well informed and well intentioned. But, there are instances
when our information is out of date, unclear, misinterpreted, or just
plain wrong.

Getting information from Facebook groups, or other Notaries is a
horrible idea because I test Notaries, and most of them score about
30% on Notary knowledge. If you are getting your information from
others who would probably score 30%, how reliable do you believe their
information would be?

Get your information from your State Notary Division. They are legally
responsible for publishing information regarding your state’s notary
laws, procedures, forms, etc. Even getting information by phone from
the notary division is risky, because they could tell you anything.
Look for what is in writing for the safest results.

And remember, even the best Notary teachers out there are wrong about
one or two things. I know this because I test them and they are not
always right on certain hard to understand or nit-picky things (such
as credible witnesses for example.) I am sometimes wrong about notary
issues as well, although my track record is quite good overall.

So, get your information from the source itself because you could get
yourself and others in trouble if you don’t. Additionally, many states
have horrible handbooks with very incomplete information about certain
topics. In that case, you can refer to other more reliable sources
like well established notary organizations which might do a good job
explaining some of the less understood notary acts such as Oaths!


January 13, 2020

Used notary journals for sale on eBay

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:26 am

Just kidding. But, what a great joke. Can you imagine someone’s
partially filled out journal on sale on eBay? What a security
violation! How illegal! Fortunately for the privacy of the signers,
most Notaries don’t bother with taking thumbprints, so their biometric
information would probably not be violated if their journal entries
go into the wrong hands.


January 12, 2020

A Starbucks signing with two deaf girls

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:25 am

A Notary wanted to meet clients at Starbucks for a caffeinated
signing. I guess the Notary didn’t want to go to their messy home. The
Notary showed up early, the signers showed up late, and the signing
was uneventful.

But, at the next table over, there were two black girls who were deaf,
and a white guy who could “speak” sign language, but could also speak
verbally. Girl #1 moved her hands around to express a thought. Girl #2
opened her mouth in shock. The Notary who saw the whole thing asked
the speaking guy what deaf girl #1 had just said. The speaking guy
translated the sign language used to mean, “Girl, you sign like a
white girl.”

Then the Notary asked if there was a black way of signing and the
speaking guy shrugged and said he didn’t know, although he found the
situation very comical. I bet Oprah would find it interesting too!

JOKE: What language do signings agents speak? Sign language!


January 11, 2020

Jeremy lowered his triglycerides to 161, but how?

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 9:28 am

I just went to the doctor. I am proud to say that my triglycerides are
the lowest they have been in my life. They peaked at 333 many years
ago. I have been keeping them below 200 for a few years. But, on my
last visit they were only 161. How is this possible you ask? I lost 16
pounds between doctor visits by doing lots of lots of long walks. I
walked for three miles a day for a year, and then stepped it up to
eight miles a day average for a few months. Walking is a great way to
lose weight and is very healthy, but takes a long time. Losing weight
helps with controlling triglycerides.

However, the other huge contributing factor to my “tri” loss was
salmon. Sure, wild salmon is better, but it also costs $25 a pound and
I cannot spend money that way. So, I get the sustainable farmed
Atlantic salmon from Whole Foods. They cook it for me. The high
Omega-3 content drives good cholesterol up which helps to reduce bad
cholesterol, and in addition helps to get your triglycerides down low
too. I was having three filet servings (roughly 4 ounces each) a week
for half a year, and having some salmon before that. I went 18 months
between doctor visits, so a lot happened in that time.

Salmon tastes good and has many health benefits. It is high in
protein, low in cholesterol, high in Omega 3, has vitamin D (hard to
get in regular food), B12, and a lot of other vitamins. Tank farmed
salmon is toxic, but net farmed ocean salmon is somewhat healthy. Wild
is the best though because it can swim more freely and eat natural
food sources.


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.


January 9, 2020

People impostering 123notary. What can I do?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:24 am

There are a few people pretending to be 123notary. Sometimes they try
to sell you something or get information. When I call notaries after
they have been bothered by imposters, they don’t want to give me
information because they are afraid I will ask for money too. Since
when am I responsible for what some strangers do, and what can I
possible do to stop these rascals? I inform them that I never asked
for money and that it was you.. the notary who brought the issue of
money up, not me. But, some Notaries just like to be difficult and I
end up removing them for being jerks.

Even if some rascals bother you, you still have to be nice when
legitimate calls come in or you get into trouble and lose your free
listing, not that you care. But, some free listings generate a lot of
business so you should care.

If you are in doubt as to the legitimacy of a potential scam caller,
email us at info@123notary.com to see if the person is legit. We
sometimes hire girls to do calls for us. However, we do not have new
girls ask for money. If we have Wendy or Adine call you, they will
refer you to Carmen (who you all know or at least should know) to
process the transaction as a general rule.

Verify sources and don’t give money to strangers. Check people out if
you don’t know them.

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