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March 21, 2019

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — admin @ 10:25 am

My last visit to Notary Cafe was depressing. A handful of Notaries were dominating market share. The others were getting almost no work. Some got zero jobs in the last three months. Others got one or two. How do you make a living with such bad odds?

The Notary Cafe stats show how many jobs you got in the last 12 months and in the last 3 months as well. It is a good marker for, “What have you done for me lately?”

A lot of Notaries are just hanging in there in hopes that things will pick up. I feel that 2019 and 2020 will be good years for Notaries. I don’t know why I feel this. I have no evidence. It is just a gut feeling. I also feel that Snapdocs will slow down in 2019 and 2020 and perhaps leave the industry. But, I might be wrong. We’ll have to wait and see.

On the other hand, Notary Cafe probably counts for about 5% of the signing agent work out there. So, if people don’t get work there, what does it really mean?

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February 25, 2017

When did Notary Cafe become decaffeinated?

Filed under: Popular on Twitter,Signing Company Gossip — Tags: — admin @ 9:56 pm

Notary Cafe has been around for a long time. They are also renowned for quality. They have some of the best Notaries around. It is just that they have so few Notary profiles available to the public and so few people searching on their site. We recommend Notary Cafe, but don’t expect miracle results from them.

Notary Cafe used to be more popular ten or more years ago. But, they lost their buzz or as I like to say, became decaffeinated. But, decaf still has 40% of the caffeine as regular coffee, so they are still in the running so to speak. Just don’t add too much cream or sugar.

Meanwhile with the advent of SnapDocs, all of the other Notary directories lost a lot of traffic. 123notary’s mobile page reprogramming is helping us to regain market share quickly, so wish us well with that. It affects you!

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How does pricing for for top placements on 123notary?
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Snapdocs business model doesn’t add up
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Which directories get high paying listings?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19201

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

Notary Rotary’s forum vs. 123notary’s
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1251

A tour of Notary cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21222

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May 16, 2011

Review of Notary Cafe

Filed under: Popular on Linked In,Reviews — Tags: , — admin @ 6:40 am

Review of Notary Cafe
 
As the manager of 123notary.com, when notaries ask who they should advertise with besides us, we generally recommened notary rotary, signingagent.com, and notary cafe as the four most popular mobile notary and signing agent directories. Notary Cafe allows browsers to find notaries anywhere in the United States, but also lets you know how many jobs they are getting, which is a feature unique to Notary Cafe.
 
Search Capabilities
Searches on notarycafe.com are by zip code with an adjustable radius which is a very useful feature.  You can find notaries who are bilingual, have laser printers, are attorneys, and more! Additionally, notaries can list their personal name and company name on the search results which is also a unique feature.  You can also list your fees for various types of jobs which is very useful.  Notaries change their fee structure so often, that they better login to their listing frequently!  I hope the notaries don’t forget to add a rush hour surcharge as well!
 
Which notary directory is the most popular?
Notaries with high positions on 123notary.com generally say that they get more work from 123notary than from anywhere else.  But, our clients always speak highly of Notary Cafe as well as a good place to get notary work.  A handful say that their primary source of business is from notarycafe.com.  Notary Rotary is another very popular notary directory, as is signingagent.com.   We recommened getting listed on the top four mobile notary directories as well as online yellow pages if you can get a free or affordable listing on a popular yellow page provider.
 
How can I find out more about notary cafe?
Read the forums.  123notary has a forum, and notary rotary has a forum too. Forums are the portals to vast amounts of information about hundreds of companies in the notary world. You can find out about signing companies, notary procedures, marketing information, and notary directories as well.
 
 

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May 28, 2020

If you meet a signer at a cafe, who pays for the coffee?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:02 pm

It is common for Notaries to meet signers at cafes. But, what is the etiquette for who pays for the coffee? Or does only one party purchase a drink so the cafe can allow them to stay there? Does the drink go on a chair or the same table with the critical documents?

This question sounds more like a Seinfeld dilemma than anything else. Since the signer is paying the notary for the notarization, it’s the least the notary can do to buy a piece of bundt cake for the client. On the other hand, if the Notary has to bill to get paid, and is billing a third party, then neither party should have to pay for the coffee. But, what if the signer wants a palpation but forgot his walled. But, then how will he have his ID for the notarization? Wow, this is really complicated stuff!

NOTARY: You should pay for the almond croissant because I’m the Notary. It’s like a courtesy for my hard work.

SIGNER: Yes, but I am the client, and it is customary to take your clients out to eat and pay.

NOTARY: You’re paying cash right?

SIGNER: Yes. Small unmarked bills to be precise.

NOTARY: Are you going to wash your hands for 20 seconds before you handle those bills? I don’t want the Coronavirus.

WOMAN: I think the man should pay.

NOTARY: Obviously not a feminist.

WOMAN: I am when it doesn’t involved someone paying for me. You see, I’m what you call an opportunistic feminist. Equal rights, but not so equal on the responsibilities.

SIGNER: Honesty is so sexy. I like you!

WOMAN: Thanks, I’m single

NOTARY: I think I see why.

WOMAN: Yeah, but at least I’m not paying alimony and child support and having my kids taken away from me by legal force. It could be worse. You know what. You guys are so much fun, I’ll pay for your frappachino.

CLERK: Sorry, we are all out of coffee.

NOTARY: But, this is a cafe. Your whole business revolves around coffee.

CLERK: Sorry. But, we have those dark chocolate covered graham crackers. They’re really good.

SIGNER: I’ll just get a soda. I don’t drink coffee after 2pm anyway.

WOMAN: Nice to meet you guys.

NOTARY: Here’s my card. I do notarizations, weddings and bar-mitzvahs.

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May 1, 2020

What are dangerous places for a Notary to be?

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 8:25 am

Female Notaries think a lot more about safety than males do. But, even big strong guys can get into danger. If someone is crazy, they might attack anyone, even a big strong guy with a military background.

People’s houses at night.
Going to people’s houses sounds scary. But, in real life, if they have been screened for a Mortgage, they do not stand much of a chance of being dangerous, at least in my experience. However, their neighborhood might not be good at night.

On the other hand, going to a house for a single document might be dangerous. You don’t know who these people are, they have not been screened, and you might be going there at night.

Realistically, the danger is more than you will get into a car accident or bitten by a dog than have an incident with a crazy human being. In my twenty years in this industry I have heard of one Notary getting pushed down some stairs. That is out of 60,000 Notaries on hundreds of millions of assignments.

You might be okay at the house but run into gangs at the local gas station – it happened to me, and we covered it. I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two.

You might be at a tenement building and some rowdy intoxicated people might be outside. I have heard of this happening once in The Bronx. You could also get harassed by hoodlums on your way back to your car. It might be time to have the appointment at a Starbucks in a better neighborhood. But, it’s up to you.

Nursing homes
If you notarize at nursing homes, your chance of ending up in court is high. That is another type of danger.

Cafes
Some Notaries might notarize at a cafe late at night. Our local taco place is notorious for having crazy people, arguments, and police. The problem is that the police don’t seem to be there at the same time as the crazy people. Just because you are at a “safe” neutral location doesn’t mean a meth addict won’t walk in and start trouble. Being afraid of your clients is a legitimate fear, but the real danger is more likely from a drug addict, bad driver, or inclement weather.

Jails
Many Notaries are afraid to notarize at a jail. That is the safest place to notarize because the bad guys are on the OTHER side of the bars and there is tight security and check points.

The Street
If you notarize on your trunk on the street, you could get hit by a car. I had to park illegally and made the signer come out to sign on my trunk. They complained. I said that this is the only way I could do it otherwise I would have to leave as there was no place to park.

General Tips
It is generally a good idea to be aware of high risk individuals. Those who seem intoxicated or who are acting unusually. People might seem agitated, angry, or afraid for example. Additionally, people might get upset if you refuse to do an illegal notarization and that could trigger a situation. Other people might get upset that their rate is higher than expected. You need to know what to say and how to handle these types of situations. Personally, I have been to about 6000 total signings two thirds of which were loans. I have never been in a dangerous situation. The only disconcerting situations I have had involved animals and gang bangers who were “around” when I went to bad areas to do signings. But, these dogs and gangsters didn’t actually actively do anything to threaten me — I just felt threatened by their presence. Maybe I am worried about nothing. Maybe I overreact to certain things because I am not from that type of neighborhood and because I don’t like dogs.

As a rule, use your senses, and if you feel something is not right, step out. Also, make sure you know your escape route, because there is a small possibility you might need to use it.

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February 1, 2020

Notary Advertising Resources

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 10:51 pm

Here are some articles about Notary Advertising that might be
considered resource materials or at least useful materials.

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LISTINGS

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How does pricing work for top placements on 123notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19355

What is a high placed listing on 123notary worth?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16720

What makes a preferential listing do well on 123notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22110

To do well with a high placed listing you need 6000 loans signed
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22112

Which analytics get more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary
analytics system.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22114

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DIRECTORIES

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Which Notary directories get the high paying signings?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19201

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21222

Who is involved with 123notary behind the scenes?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18888

The history of 123notary.com
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17458

A string of posts about Snapdocs
http://blog.123notary.com/?s=snapdocs

Testimonials about 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=700

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ADVERTISING RESOURCES

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Do you compare yourself to others on the 123notary search results?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18882

Beginner Notary 103 – advertising on 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21127

Title companies use the top three on 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21282

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

High placed listings. Which get more clicks and why?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22116

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January 24, 2020

What hobbies could a mobile notary have?

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 10:52 am

Most Notaries work a lot, or complain that they don’t get enough work.
But, if they had time for hobbies, what would they do?

1. Finding new mechanics
Being a mobile notary puts a lot of wear and tear on your car. Trying out new mechanics for fun seems like a great past time for Notaries.

2. Eating on the road.
If you like to try out new restaurants and cafes, being a mobile notary puts you in lots of different neighborhoods. Starbucks has some new sandwiches that I just tried with arugula which were not bad.

3. Reading blogs
If you want to be a better notary, read blogs, take notary courses, and know your stuff. You can join forums too and chat not to mention Facebook groups.

4. Editing your profile on 123notary
Sounds like a lot of fun, but your # of loans signed goes up daily, but do you edit it daily? Change it from 87 to 89 please — let’s stay current.

5. Reading articles on your iPhone
Between signings you have free time. Check out your stock values on your iPhone and read a few articles too. See what Xi Jin-Ping and Kim Jong-Un are up to. Maybe they will invite Trump for some kimchee or kung pao – you never know!

6. Notary Monopoly
Notary monopoly is a little different. Instead of buying properties, you buy relationships with signing companies. Some are high paying and others require fax backs and take three months to pay. If you backdate, you might get the “go to jail” card. Lots of fun for mobile notaries.

7. Cooking dishes that can be interrupted.
There is a special cook book filled with dishes that you can abandon in the middle of cooking them when you get that call for a last minute signing. This is the only way to go because you never know when you will get that call.

8. Having a “stamp” collection
But, what type of stamps are we talking about? Can you buy them on eBay?

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December 18, 2019

A Notary emails me to say Snapdocs was down

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 8:38 am

Is this a karmic thing happening? is this the beginning of the end of Snapdocs? Does it mean their engineers are slipping? Or was it just a glitch? A moment in time when the universe was not perfect. Will SnapDocs lose its snappiness one day? Willl they lose their appeal? Or will they continue to dominate market share?

In any case, it is nice when Notaries email me to let me know what is going on in the world. My comment to the notary who emailed me this news was — the drama thickens!

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March 24, 2019

Feast or famine in the Notary industry

Filed under: Marketing Articles — Tags: , — admin @ 10:26 am

For Notaries out there it is feast or famine.

Notary Cafe is a prime example of this. They publish stats on who is getting jobs and how many how recently. It is normally about 7% of the notaries give or take who are completely monopolizing the business while the others are going hungry. I guess people want to hire the good Notaries and forget the rest.

Our Facebook posts are the same. Certain posts get all the publicity while others get ignored.

On 123notary, the Notaries who are doing everything right get tons of business. But, how do we convince the newer Notaries how to get reviews, brush up their notes, and get certified? Few people listen, but those who do often prosper.

I just wonder what would happen if the industry picked up. Would companies have higher standards for Notaries and also pay more? Would the work be more equally spread out? Unfortunately, the way this business works, 1% of the notaries are experts, another 2% are not bad, 10% are somewhat reasonable, and the rest get a D or F. These are bad odds and create a type of pyramid where only the top of the pyramid gets lots of work and everybody else complains that they are not getting what they deserve. But, if you are a D or F, how much can you possibly deserve. Getting work at all is amazing if you don’t have solid industry related knowledge.

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December 19, 2018

Beginner Notary 103 — Advertising on 123notary

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 1:23 pm

Beginner Notary 103: Advertising on 123notary
Return to Table of Contents – Beginner Notary 103

123notary is the sole most popular source of title company jobs in the industry. People get more high paying jobs here than from any other site simply because we systematically scrutinize our site to provide the highest quality possible.

Top Place Listings
It is common knowledge that those who do the best on 123notary have a high placement (generally in the top three spots) and have a well filled out profile. Top spots are not always available. However, if you get the highest spot that is available, and get certified by us and get reviews, if something does become available, you are likely to be promoted to that spot. 123notary promotes the best to the top of the list as much as we can. So, don’t worry about how fast it takes to get to the top, worry about being the best and proving it.

Certification
123notary certification has been around since around 2004. We have made it a lot harder and those who have this certification get an average of 25% more clicks to those in similar positions who don’t have the certification. However, newer Notaries get more than double the clicks by having our certification as it represents credibility for a Notary who does not yet have a name in the industry. You need to prove yourself and bragging doesn’t cut it. Having 123notary claim how good you are means a lot more as we are a highly experienced and impartial judge of quality. Your title companies reviews also speak louder than words (well, at least louder than your words.) Third party credibility is the way to move forward, so put your efforts into getting it through prudent means.

Listing Costs
We price listings based on a complicated formula. You will need to ask for a quote for particular spots. Let us know what city and county you are in as prices depend on your particular location.

What Can You Expect?
Most people who fill their listing out thoroughly on 123notary claim that their listing pays for itself quickly. Many of our clients have been with us for more than a decade which speaks volumes about our quality. Results vary from Notary to Notary. Additionally, some Notaries have multiple listings where one listing will perform well and another will perform sluggishly. There is an element of trial and error, so I hope you give us a legitimate try and only judge us after you get some reviews on your listing.

For information on listings, call Carmen at 310-210-6319 or email us at info@123notary.com

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How does pricing for for top placements on 123notary?
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Compilation of posts about Snapdocs
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21531

Elite certification will benefit you for the rest of your life
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20770

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