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March 24, 2020

No matter what you talk about, it keeps coming back to Covid-19

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:18 am

I personally believe that the Covid-19 disease will kill 6 million Americans unless we come up with a miracle cure. All of these lock downs and shut downs will damage or permanently destroy the US economy. It costs more than 1 trillion to lock down for a month giving hand outs to people. During that month, the virus might shrink a bit, and the minute you lift the restrictions, the virus grows again, so you spend trillions, yet accomplish nothing but a delay.

But, I am tired of thinking about this. The stupidity, short-sightedness, lack of any realistic and definitive planning. I am tired of thinking about how the back of the American economy will be permanently broken, or brought closer to the imperative waterfall that we approach each day we allow our debt to rise. I am tired of the refusal of politicians to come up with a long term 18 month plan with clear objectives and price tags. I am tired of hearing who will get handouts and who will not. Trump is sounding more like Bernie Sanders with all of the Christmas presents in the form of hand outs he wants to give. The worst part is that my favorite Jamaican place, although not shut down, closed on their own when they had a thriving take out business. Those jerks. I guess you are what you eat (they eat jerk chicken.)

Bars, Restaurants, Sports? Not Anymore!
So, I am trying to shelter myself from the crisis and think about something else. No problem. I’ll just go to a bar. Ooops, all bars are shut for God knows how long. Okay, I’ll drink at home. No problem, I’ll just go to the supermarket, stand in line just to have permission to enter, go in, and find that 80% of the store is stripped bare. So much for not thinking about the crisis. The human reaction to the disease is worse than the disease itself – at least for now. No problem, I’ll just go to my favorite restaurant — closed. I’ll talk to my friend on the phone — no matter what we try to talk about it always ends up being 90% of about Covid-19, or what I call “The Hitler Disease” as I think it will kill 6 million Americans in FEMA concentration camps. On a brighter note, I could just watch some sports on television — except those have been cancelled. I would take a walk down the street – and be reminded that most places are closed and see a bunch of people wearing face masks.

Acupuncture & Massage? Cancelled!
Even acupuncture and massage have been shut down, as supplemental health services are seen as not essential, while the marijuana dispensaries are open. I guess it is better to keep the populace high so they won’t care how stupid the politicians are being. People also tend to spend more time washing their hands when they are high.

I did see the acupuncturist two days before they were shut down. She apologized because she had touched my credit card. I explained that to get there I had to touch five different cross-walk buttons that had been touched by God knows who, and never washed by the very same city officials who are shutting everyone down. How about touch-free guys?

My Symbolic Dream
I even tried taking a nap, but fell asleep and had a bad dream. I analyzed the dream and the empty zoo I walked through represented how everything was closed. Then I walked near the sea which represented infinity — and infinity of everything being closed in the entire planet except perhaps Kenya… for now. And then I was in a parking lot which represented not going anywhere. But, there was relief. A Japanese couple said I could hitch a ride with them in their little car if my driver license was not attached to my credit card. My psychic said that meant that my identity was not attached to spending lots of money. That makes sense, because during this crisis, the one thing I still can spend money on is in the supermarket if they have anything — and everything else is off limits. So, I am cooking more. So, even when I sleep, I am dreaming about Covid-19. What a drag.

I am tired of this disease. I am tired of shut downs. I think we should create a few million temporary hospital beds, train some temporary nurses (perhaps 100,000 of them) and let this thing rip. Our immune system was built by nature to solve the problems of diseases — also created by nature. Modern human beings do not live with a consciousness of nature which is why they are foolish enough to think they can conquer nature. Pandemics are one way nature kills off certain members of a species. As Americans, we need to be more complacent to the reality that we are mortal, we all die, and we might die of an infectious disease, and that is how the universe operates. You can’t cheat death. Living forever wouldn’t be that nice either. We are acting like three year olds who say, “Grandpa… why do people have to die?”

So, I am depressed. On a brighter note, I still have work since I work from home. I still get customers daily, although not as many as before. I can sort of afford to pay Carmen during this crisis. I am at low risk to get sick myself because I have hardly any human interaction even when times are good which for the first time in my life turns out to be a good thing.

I just wish I could press the Corona-Be-Gone button. I can even imagine how that button would look with those little prongs coming out of it just like the virus itself. It looks like the type of mine you put in a harbor and is equally deadly.

I’m not sure how life will be like with over a million people dying each month. I’m also not sure of how life will be like with the FED printing out endless money keeping us shut down forever foolishly thinking that the economy will “bounce back” and that pent-up desire to go shopping and spend money will naturally revive this economy. When it is all over, so many people will be so broke, they won’t be able even to pay rent. People will be foreclosing by the millions, and the homeless shelters will be filled with out of work bar tenders. The future is grim guys. But, we will always need mobile Notaries so look on the bright side.

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Good business names vs. Bad and which names get clicks…

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 8:35 am

Some of the Notaries on our site have registered business names that they do business under. We recommend going to the county clerk and registering a well thought out business name. However, the name you pick for your business can affect the quantity of clicks you get on directories. Some types of names get the business while others just collect dust. The day you register your business has astrological implications as well, but that is a topic for a different day.

After a quick analysis of business names, I have come to the conclusion that the debate is more than just between good and bad sounding names, but between different types of names. There are specific local geographic names, larger geographical area names such as the name of a state, personal names mixed with notary terms, unusual names, and generic or not so good sounding names. It is a little difficult for me in my opinionated state of mind to decide which business name is better than another, so I will rely on clicks to decide.

Please note that clicks vary widely based on what area you are in, how many reviews you have, how good your notes section is, and how well known and popular you are as most people who hire you from a directory already know you.

1. Large Geographical Areas: 2.5 clicks per day average for first three entries. The other two have unusual considerations. Please keep in mind that CA Notary Services has an incoming link from one of its sites to one of its listings, so the stats will be affected based on that link. New York Mobile Notary Services is an organization with several people working for them and they have been around for a long time, and their geographic area is known for getting disproportional amounts of clicks.

The click average for these five entries is 3.28 if you do not take into consideration the abnormalities of the sample data. The average would be 2.5 clicks per day without the two listings that are “statistical anomalies.” I personally do not like business names that use the name of a state simply because the notary can only offer service to a particular part of that state. However, the clicks indicate that this type of name gets clicked on a lot. Jeremy says one thumb up but the clicks say two.

Mobile American Notary & Apostilles
AZ Notary Services
Illinois Public Notary Services
CA Notary Services
New York Mobile Notary Services

2. Personal Names + Notary or Business Terms: 1.9 clicks per day average I think that this type of business name is not bad. However, I prefer catchy unique names that grab your attention and are easier to remember. One thumb up for this type of business name.

Kalation’s Business Services
Roger’s Notary Service
Ellen The Notary
Saul Mobile Notary
Arlene Mobile Notary

3. Names I thought were weak in appeal: 1.35 clicks / day.
My gut reaction to these names matched their overall click appeal or lack of it thereby. Attributes combined with a notary term just don’t work. Putting two initials together with an & symbol did okay with D & D, but we don’t have enough evidence to get any idea of whether it is a good idea to use such a type of business name. Once again, I prefer a catchy unique business name. Two thumbs down for these names (sorry).

925 Notary
Reliable Notary
Prestige Mobile Notaries
Pro Bix Notary
Notary Pro Today
I &S Notary & Wedding
D & D Document
Mobi Notary

4. Unusual Business Names: 1.3 clicks per day.
These names are very unusual, but lack any type of kick to them. Half a thumb up.

All things named notary services.
Sevendocs Mobile Notary

5. Local Business names: 1.9 clicks / day average.
This type of business name is good because it lets the client know that you focus on their area. However, it is a bit generic and not very interesting. One thumb up for this type of business name.

Bakersfield Mobile Notary
Manhattan Mobile Notary & Apostille
Bronx Mobile Notary Service

6. Business names that Jeremy likes most: 2.3 clicks per day.
First of all, I wish there were more business names on our site. I cannot go through the entire site every time I write an article. I only go through the big cities. These are some interesting names in this category. Golden Gate Notary lets you know they cover San Francisco and surrounding areas without blatantly saying it. It is like poetry to my ears. Bay Area Notary does the same thing but has a larger implied coverage area. Neighborly Notary has a warm feel to it. No hassle is a really cool name that speaks to one’s emotional tribulations. A1 is a bit cliche, but gets the most clicks in this category and sounds good if you need a filet mignon notarized. Five Star is a great name and I’m surprised that nobody else used it. The Notary to Call is an awesome name because it says it all, is relatable, but yet unique and catchy. I love these names and hope that people can think of more catchy names. Two thumbs up for the names in this category, and the clicks agree with my opinion in this case.

Golden Gate Notary
Bay Area Notary
Neighborly Notary NYC
No Hassle Notary Public
A1 Notary Services
Five Star Mobile Notary
The Notary to Call

CONCLUSION
I recommend having a business name and spending lots of time brainstorming your options and consulting different people about this major decision. Unique and catchy names win the game, but business names that incorporate geographical terms, especially wider geographical terms seem to be successful as well.

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March 23, 2020

Snapdocs getting 1 million visitors per month

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — admin @ 8:28 am

I visited similarweb.com where I learned that Snapdocs traffic was above 1 million visitors per month back in mid 2019 while 123notary and NotaryRotary are both down in their stats far below 100,000. The irony is that when people get high paying work it is normally from 123notary.com. People are getting very little work from Snapdocs these days and almost nothing from NotaryRotary according to my sources. So, is there any value in knowing the click data for sites to compare them? Perhaps I should look at new sales or how we stack up on Google. We are still doing well on Google. Perhaps I should pay more attention to how we rank on particular keywords. Hmmm.

On a brighter note, as of February 2020, 123notary is getting more clicks and the other directories are getting less.

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March 22, 2020

10 things for a Notary to do while under quarantine

During these precarious times, it is possible that some of us will be quarantined, and a lot more likely that our cities will be shut down. People are so insane these days, that they will shut down a metropolitan city completely because there are 40 cases. If you get rid of those 40 cases by quarantining them or quarantining the entire city, the minute you let people from other cities come in, you will get those 40 cases back within days. So, the NYC shut down is very wasteful and damaging to society and accomplishes nothing.

Meanwhile as of March 13, 2020 New Mexico is closing schools. New Mexico has zero recorded cases of the disease, so they are stopping a non-existent transmission of the disease at the expense of hundreds of thousands of children. And what are the parents of these kids supposed to do with their kids at home, especially if they don’t have enough food to feed them? I don’t think local governments are intellectually astute enough to figure this out.

If cases in a particular area are low, testing and quarantining individuals makes a lot of sense. You shouldn’t shut down an entire city or country if there are only a few cases.

But, what are you going to do if you get shut down or quarantined. Here are my suggestions:

1. Study up on Notary knowledge. Read blogs, certification courses, and Notary Public 101 on our blog which is a very popular free course.

2. Re-ink your seal. It’s over due for an inking anyway.

3. Do some stretching. Your hamstrings will thank you. But, what if you are vegan? Would you still have ham strings, or would you have gluten strings? What a perplexing issue.

4. Call clients who you haven’t heard from in a while. Let me know you still exist.

5. Go from supermarket to supermarket to see if anyone has any bottled water.

6. Eat something with garlic, ginger and spices to boost your immune system and to show solidarity with those in Italy.

7. Watch sports matches on television — oops, you can’t because they have all been canceled. Maybe netflix will have them.

8. Take a long walk.

9. Meditate

10. Take cough medicine — unless you don’t need to.

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March 21, 2020

Check our our Facebook and Forum

Filed under: Social Media — Tags: — admin @ 7:42 am

Recently, we have seen a surge in Facebook clicks coming to our blog. However, the comments are down to almost nothing. People used to comment a lot in the old days. I wonder what happened. Maybe this Covid19 virus will force people to stay at home and comment more on Facebook groups.

https://www.facebook.com/123notary

We also have an interesting forum that used to be popular. People have been publishing a lot less content recently. You are encouraged to visit. To sign up, you need to register and wait for me to approve. But, you can email me to check up on me and make sure I manually approved you.

http://www.123notary.com/forum/default.asp

We also have a twitter handle. We sometimes publish regularly on our twitter and other times are too busy, so enjoy it while we are publishing.

https://twitter.com/123notary

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March 20, 2020

Covid19, Panicking, and the Notary Industry

Filed under: Drama & Tragedy — Tags: , — admin @ 8:17 pm

It seems that the Covid 19 virus is hitting America. The numbers keep changing fast as we are testing more people. Honestly, America had two and a half months to prepare for this outbreak and moved slowly. The President downplayed the danger of the disease as well which is dangerous in itself. Now that the disease is off the leash in America, we are starting to realize that perhaps we should learn from particular Asian countries on how to get a handle on this problem. Testing likely suspects in mass is a big part of it. But, what about Notaries, what should your concerns and actions be?

Be Prepared
It is a problem that people are panicking. This results in unstable business decisions. It also results in stores being sold out of face masks (not a problem in my area yet), hand sanitizer, paper towels, bottled water, and water filters. It makes sense to have a supply at home because these items sell out quickly. I was lucky and got some paper towels and water today which is March 10th although I might not publish this article for a while.

The Stock Market
Stocks are plummeting in value. I understand that cruise and airline stocks should lose some intrinsic value due to this disease. But, banks should not be too affected by this problem, yet their stocks are dipping just as badly as airlines. Even Coca Cola which is a very stable company has lost a lot of ground and they are one of the most stable stocks that exist.

Your Behavior
I heard that the refinance marked spiked and then the phones stopped ringing in the last few days. Interest rates are low and could get lower as the global economy is slowing down due to the disease and due to the trade war between the USA and China. This means more refinances. However, if people are afraid to go to work or leave the house, that means there might not be any business for Notaries. Very few people are infected in America at this point and it does not make sense to avoid leaving the house at this stage. Once we get into late April or May then it might be a much more serious situation and you might face immediate risk.

The 18 Month Rule
Some people have decided to shut down schools or not go to work. Newsflash – pandemics like the Spanish Flu, Swine Flu, and Covid 19 typically last 18 months or longer. So, if you have decided that shutting down your school or playing hookey on work makes sense, ask yourself if you can afford to continue that behavior for 18 months. Sure, if there is an acute outbreak in your particular area, then cancelling school makes sense. But, now, there are only three areas in the USA where it makes sense to cancel school.

The Elderly
If you are 60 or over, or have a lung condition it makes sense not to get on an airplane, cruise ship, go to the movies, go to a convention, or be anywhere where you will be in close proximity to large quantities of humans, especially if the ventilation is anything other than clean air.

My recommendations
I am not a doctor, but I think stocking up on some food and supplies makes sense at this point because the shelves at your supermarket could end up stripped bare at some point. It makes sense to wash your hands regularly with soap and disinfect surfaces in your house regularly. It makes sense to avoid crowds if you can. But, you need to go to work unless there is some pressing reason why you wouldn’t. If you are sick, elderly, or there is an outbreak in your city you might stop going to work for a while. If you are able to work from home that is great and recommended. But, if you have to work at an office, take some vitamin C and hope for the best. You can’t just end your life before it is over.

Loan Signings
Don’t be afraid to do loan signings. There is a chance that the signers could be infected, but a very small chance at this point. Stay six feet away from them and make sure they don’t sneeze on you. Disinfect the table with wipes or lysol. You might check with the borrowers by phone to see if they are coughing or sneezing. Take some vitamin C and garlic and hope for the best. We cannot just shut down society at this point because there is a tiny risk of exposure.

What should the government do?
We should test all those with symptoms in a very efficient way. We should test all that have come into contact with diagnosed individuals. It might also make sense to test all who live in areas with high rates of infections. There is a pecking order for who should be tested. Because if we don’t identify individuals who have the disease, we will eventually have to quarantine all of society at least in particular areas which will be devastating for the economy.

Summary
It is unclear how this disease will affect the notary industry. Personally, I think it will help us with loan signings, and I think the danger to Notaries doing signings is minuscule. Even if your a borrower from time to time has the disease, you are not likely to get it if you take precautions. Continue living your life and take necessary precautions unless you are elderly or have lung issues in which case — alter your life now!

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Connecticut Acknowledgment wording

Below is the official Connecticut Acknowledgment Wording. The Notary must affix his/her stamp below the verbiage in this form to complete the notarial procedure.

State of Connecticut County of ______________ ss. (Town/City) On this the_____day of____________, 20____, before me, (name of notary) , the undersigned officer, personally appeared (name of individual or individuals), known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person(s) whose name(s) (is or are) subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that (he, she or they) executed the same for the purposes therein contained. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand. ______________________ Signature of Notary Public Date Commission Expires:_____________ ______________________ Printed Name of Notary

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March 19, 2020

How will the Covid-19 virus affect the Notary profession?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:22 am

As of March 8 2020 I am very bothered and obsessed with the spread of this very contagious and dangerous disease. My concern has turned to paranoia not just of the disease, but fear of the panic that is growing nationwide. People are not traveling as much. Additionally, many people are considering working from home. Concerns about touching elevator buttons and surfaces in public places are rising.

The disease has interrupted global trade with China being worst hit. China seems to be recovering from this epidemic, but it seems that they cannot fully recover. Here’s why: If China gets rid of every case of this disease, they would have to quarantine the rest of the world from coming to China to keep case-free. The problem with that, is that their international trade would have a huge damper on it as a result.

To combat this disease, China had to shut down massive portions of their country for weeks. If the disease continues to spread in the USA, and there is not much preventing it from doing so, America might have to shut down major cities as well. If that happens, then an economic slowdown will occur in the USA. If economic slowdowns in other countries happen, that will also affect the US economy.

Additionally, if China gets rid of the virus, but the virus comes back to China, they could have outbreaks all over again and have to do more quarantines which would devastate their economy.

The bottom line here is that it seems inevitable that there will be a US and global economic slowdown. This leads to decreased interest rates which are already in effect, and that leads to more homeowner refinances. More refinances for private individuals leads to more jobs for Notaries and more money for 123notary. After two slow years, I am happy that we can benefit from the misery of others. I would prefer to benefit from the happiness of others though, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. After all, Trump brought happiness, at least to the gun and pick up truck people who go to church every Sunday. The economy got better, and 123notary’s income went through the floor. We tend to benefit more during bad times and did better under Obamacare. Happiness just doesn’t cut it around here. I really don’t understand how the world works, but Notaries will probably prosper in 2020 as long as they dare leave the house.

As for me, I am stocking up on canned corn if I can find any. Stay happy!

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March 18, 2020

Business is picking up, time to upgrade and buy a top spot

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 8:21 am

123notary has about 7600 online listings as of today. Business has really picked up since late February. With lower interest rates, there will be more jobs. But, that also means more competition. When business is good for Notaries, those top spots sell out fast. You need to grab the top spots while they are there.

I remember back about ten years ago. We sold three top spots in Las Vegas in one day. The second and third order came in before I could process the first order, so I had a lot of explaining to do about how their spot was not actually available. That situation has only happened once in 123notary history. But, with business picking up, our top spots are selling like hot cakes just like the old days.

If you are not sure what you want, you can try a top spot for six months and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work for you, you are not obligated to continue. But, if you snooze, then someone else will snatch up the spot and might not let it go for years.

Buying a top spot is easy. Just call Carmen at 310-210-6319 and get a quote. She can ring you up too and we can have you online right away. Prices vary based on which spot is available and in what county and how bad competition is at that point in time. So, call today and get a quote.

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March 17, 2020

Most popular posts as of 2019

Filed under: Compilations — admin @ 11:53 am

How to get something notarized if you don’t have ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=697

Can a notary perform a wedding or marriage?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1891

Penalties for notary misdeeds & misconduct!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2067

Names for Notary businesses that can get you in trouble
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19064

What does it mean to be Fidelity Approved?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20049

Do I notarize every page of a document?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2280

Can a notary notarize a birth certificate?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2300

Bank of America Power of Attorney Form
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21327

Where can I find a Spanish speaking notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18824

Notary Verbiage & Notary Wording
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18854

Can a notary sign on a different day?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2457

Can a notary get in trouble?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1745

Notarizing multi-page documents
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1706

Can a notary notarize a Will or Living Will?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7088

Can a notary sign an out of state Quit Claim Deed?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2182

Can a notary be a witness?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1273

Notarization Dates, Document Dates & Signature Dates!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2421

Websites from some of our best Notaries!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14677

Can a Virginia Notary notarize in DC or Maryland?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18782

Notary Public 101 from 123notary!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

Can a notary witness a will or notarize one?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1525

Affidavit of Citizenship
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18847

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