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January 30, 2017

Yelp beating 123notary on Google search results.

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , — admin @ 6:23 am

elp is a company that knows nothing about Notaries. Additionally, they have some of the worst Notaries on the business on their site in top positions. Not only that but half of the “Notaries” on the Yelp Notary results are not even Notaries. Most of them are Law Offices or UPS stores many of which don’t have a Notary on staff.

I got in trouble for creating a listing for someone whose information I found on Yelp. When I called him he claimed his information was wrong, and that I should get his information from a reputable source like Yelp. That is exactly what I did. He claimed that he didn’t do document preparation and that by me claiming that he did, he could get in legal trouble. I informed him that his business was called, “Mission Document Preparation.” and that if he didn’t want people assuming he did document preparation, perhaps he should change his business name. He told me my information on him was wrong, but refused to tell me what was correct. What a jerk — I found him on Yelp by the way in case I forgot to mention that. Notaries on 123notary are WAY BETTER.

Despite Yelp’s incompetent and useless search results for “Notaries,” they do better than 123notary on many Google search results for many cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and many others (which makes me mad.) I looked and found out why. Yelp specializes in having listings with reviews. People who use websites to look up services want to see reviews. The simple fact is that the 123notary search results are far superior than the Yelp search results in Los Angeles, but Yelp has more reviews — and reviews are king.

123notary’s Los Angeles search results have a lot of veteran Notaries who got reviews in the old days. However, some of these older Notaries have not been aggressive about getting new reviews. The result is that the popularity of the entire page went down. How can 123notary stimulate people to get reviews? We talk to people over the phone about it, we write blog articles about it, and we pray. But, the actual act of asking for reviews (and sending links to your review page) have to be done by you.

Additionally, the more 123notary certified Notaries we have on a particular search results page, the better the entire page does. It looks like Los Angeles has a lot of Notaries, but the quality of the search result is lacking. So, what to do? I’ll have to start calling people by hand in particular cities. Maybe that will help. In the meantime, I’ll howl instead of yelping!

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2 Comments »

  1. On Yelp the notary is able to comment about a review, eg:

    xxx did a fine job but was 15 minutes late.
    .
    Notary reply: Thank you for your review. I was 15 minutes late because your building required me to use the service elevator which was being used to move furniture.

    Comment by Kenneth Edelstein — January 30, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

  2. I take offense at your blog about notaries on Yelp. You say, “they have some of the worst Notaries on the business on their site in top positions.”

    A lot of my notary business comes from Yelp. I am one of the best notaries in my area and I have a lot of good reviews, thus the reason for a top position.

    Maybe it’s because you got a bad review on Yelp. I don’t know, but you shouldn’t bad mouth other notaries on their site. It’s a great site that people rely on for many things, not just notaries.

    Denise O’Dell

    Comment by Denise O'Dell — February 4, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

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