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July 25, 2020

Daily habits vs. Reviews. They are more similar than you think.

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 9:32 am

If you want to have a healthy listing, you need reviews. You should ask for reviews every day, or at least whenever someone tells you how much they like your work. But, many notaries claim they don’t have time.

You have time to brush your teeth daily right? And if you don’t brush them — you lose them. (gulp.)
You have time to wear your seat belt, right? And if you don’t you might die.
You have time to eat daily, right? And if you forget, you will die after a few days.
But, many of you don’t ask for reviews daily.

People who don’t have reviews get less than half the business that those who have reviews get. It is also important to write a thorough notes section (ask for help if you need any).

People also come up with lame excuses why not to ask for reviews. Some will not ask for reviews because they don’t get enough business. But, if they had reviews they might get enough business. Others say they don’t need reviews because they have too much business. But, if things slow down, you will once again need the reviews.

It’s kind of like not brushing your teeth because you don’t have any cavities — now… Brushing your teeth is for the long run and not for right now. So is asking for reviews.

It’s kind of like not wearing your seat belt because you haven’t had any accidents recently.

It’s kind of like not eating for a month because you are too fat anyway.

So, ask for a review today (and then floss.)

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July 2, 2020

Reviews – are you ashamed to ask?

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 8:30 am

So many Notaries don’t have reviews. Each time I talk to them I get different concerns, excuses and questions. It is common for people to not want to ask for a review because the signing company told them not to talk to the borrowers about any business other than the signing. But, not all signing companies tell Notaries this. Other times, many Notaries feel ashamed to ask for reviews.

I try to explain that getting reviews is a life or death issue. If you don’t get reviews, you don’t get much business and then you have no future in this industry. If you feel fear or shame, try to work your way through it otherwise you won’t survive. Asking for reviews is a habit. Once you get used to it, you will do it naturally.

Just try to do the best work you can. Then, when someone tells you how good your work is — that is your cue!

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May 13, 2020

If you have multiple listings on 123notary, what happens to the reviews

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 9:44 am

Reviews on 123notary are supposed to be unique to each listing. We do not want to have pages completely copied as we are not sure how Google will react. This is for marketing and SEO reasons and not for integrity or notary reasons. So, if you started with one listng and then purchased two more listings, you would not start off with reviews on the new listings. So, is there a solution? Yes.

We allow Notaries to copy ONE of the reviews, so pick the best one. We will also copy another review upon request. The bottom line is that we want each review to come on a different day and from a different IP address. What we don’t like is for someone to have three reviews published the same day as that looks cheesy. We also don’t want multiple reviews coming from the same IP address as that looks fraudulent.

So, although we do have restrictions, we can also help you get two reviews on your new listings almost immediately.

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February 3, 2020

Best posts about getting reviews

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 10:54 pm

Here are some of our best older posts about getting reviews for your listing on 123notary.com.

FYI: To do well on 123notary, you need several reviews on your listing in addition to having a good notes section. New reviews gravitate clients more than old reviews. If all of your reviews are three or more years old, you will appear to be someone who used to be trying hard, but who is taking it easy now. To avoid looking like a washed out notary, try to get two new reviews every year. The minute anyone says, “gee I love your work”, that is your cue to say, “oh, can you write me a review? I can just send you a link and it takes only 25 seconds.” Get their email address, send them a link to your review page, and they just need to put in their name, email address, and a quick comment in their own words. Not everyone will do this, but around 10% will. So, you need to keep asking people. You might need to ask two dozen people per year to get two or three reviews, but that is all you need to get positive attention on 123notary. The main thing is to make it a habit to ask for reviews.

123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16290

You lose $333 each time you don’t ask for a review!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18893

5 or 6 reviews doubles your business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8484

The link is the missing link to getting reviews on 123notary!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18890

Handling complaints (bad reviews) like a man!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22619

Flossing vs. Reviews – both are habits
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22259

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December 29, 2019

Reviews — the minute you get listed

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 11:04 pm

Most of our seasoned Notaries have a long scroll of reviews, and they should. Browsers judge you by your reviews. If you don’t have them, you will not be seen in a very positive light. But, people who just signed up on 123notary often wait a very long time before getting reviews.

Newer listings lack credibility. Without reviews or certifications, people will not trust you. So, with a new listing, the first thing you need to do is to get reviews from anyone. Your clients, signing companies, title companies, neighbors, your cat (if she can type), or a friend who has used you. My rule is that if they have used you, they can write a review. Send them and emailed link and ask for a review.

Remember — five reviews doubles your incoming new calls on 123notary.com and you might have to ask five dozen people and send links to get that many reviews, but it is worth it. Reviews lose their gravitation towards new clients after two or three years so keep getting new ones — they are date stamped and you don’t want to look washed out.

Additionally, study from Notary Public 101 and try to take our over the phone certification test as well. Good luck!

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Flossing vs. Reviews – both are habits
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22259

How can new notaries survive without reviews?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20057

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July 22, 2019

The Yelp Notary dilemma — the case of the missing reviews

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 4:49 am

I remember a time when 123notary experimented with only showing reviews within 3 years. Google didn’t like my idea so we re-showed the reviews that had been taken off for a few months. However, Yelp does not play by 123notary rules.

Many Notaries on Yelp complain that reviews are routinely taken down. Reviews are considered false or fake for no reason at all. First of all, how can you spot a fake review? Does it yell out at you, “Hey, I’m a fake review!” To me a real review and a fake review look the same. Sure, if you got too many the same day or week it looks like you are trying to game the system by asking for them.
On the other hand a review is a review.

I heard that Yelp penalized people for asking for reviews. But, what is wrong with asking someone for a review? Isn’t that standard? Google likes it if you have reviews whether they are asked for or not, even if they are fake. I’m not sure what Google’s flaw in their reasoning process is — to me you have to draw the line somewhere.

If too many reviews look similar in verbiage or are from the same IP address or are written the same day that is a tell-tale sign. But, if not, then how do you tell a real one from a fake one from an asked for one?

The main thing is that Notaries who use Yelp are frustrated. They claim that the type of job they usually get pays very little and the clients are the lowest possible class. Maybe the clients are so bad that they grovel like dogs and that is why they are attracted to the word, “yelp.” Personally I would prefer a site called, “meao” because I am a cat lover, but that is just me. On the other hand I never scratched a client although I hissed at a few.

In any case, I have heard much gossip about Yelp from Notaries. The missing reviews, the bad clients and the low pay. On a brighter note, I think taking jobs from Yelp is good, but why? They can write a review. But, won’t those reviews get taken down? Not if you get them to write a review on your 123notary profile. Send them a link to your 123notary review page. It’s okay that they found you on Yelp – 123notary doesn’t care just as long as you’re the one who got the job done! Be innovative and flexible like this and you’ll get ahead in the notary industry without getting fleas or heeling.

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Most Notaries don’t like Yelp
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He stopped advertising with us because he got too much business?
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To do well with a high placed listing on 123notary you need 6000 loans signed
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June 5, 2019

Flossing vs. Reviews. Both are habits

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 11:13 pm

When I talk to Notaries, I try to get them into good habits. If you floss every day, you will be less likely to get cavities in the long run. It takes 45 seconds per day every day. You cannot floss for twenty minutes once a month and hope to get the same result. Asking for reviews is also something you can do one minute a day every time your client says, “gee I love your work.” If you invest that one minute per day — or per opportunity, you can acquire lots of reviews over time and accumulate a lot more business which can change your life.

In any case, both flossing and reviews are habits, and they take roughly the same amount of time to do unless a 30 second gargling session follows your flossing in which case the flossing ritual might take slightly longer. However, there are differences between these two activities as well. You will not bleed much when asking for reviews, unless you are Woody Allen (he’s a bleeder.) Also, you will be less likely to end up having a lengthy conversation flossing unless you like to converse with the mirror about who is the fairest notary in the land, or, unless you have your BFF on speakerphone while you are flossing which I find just rude.

So, ask for reviews every day and you will get more business, feel better about your self, have a better rounded Notary profile, and best of all, have a good notary check up.

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A review is worth its weight in cyber-gold
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22251

Is prioritizing a skill that a notary should have?
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July 16, 2018

How can new notaries survive without reviews?

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 9:47 am

123notary used to be a site that was more about placement and certifications. That still matters a lot. But, reviews are king as the most critical analytic for success on our site. The problem is that new Notaries haven’t been around long enough to get reviews. So, how can they compete?

The secret is that you get reviews by doing good work, and then asking people who like you for reviews. You also have to send them a link to your review page. It is possible to get a new review every month or two if you are trying hard. So, why not? Additionally, we have a lot of blog articles about how to get reviews in the marketing section of our blog. So, it behooves you to enjoy this reading material as it will really help you.

New Notaries should also be aware that Jeremy loves to help Notaries edit their notes sections. All you have to do is ask. But, if you want me to edit a blank notes section or one with two sentences, there is no meat to work with. You have to write something substantial and then I can work on it.

So, once again, ask for reviews, write a great notes section, pass our certification test, and work for as many signing companies as you can sign up for.

Also Read – 123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews

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March 22, 2018

Notary Marketing 102 — Reviews

Filed under: Loan Signing 101 — admin @ 8:05 am

Return to Notary Marketing 102 Contents

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It is critical for your success as a Signing Agent to get reviews on your profile. Any Notary who is any good has reviews. By not having a single review you are telling the world that you are not a good person to hire. Additionally, if you only have old reviews, you are telling the world that you are tired and washed out. The secret is to make it a habit to always ask for reviews from anyone who likes your work. Here are my basic principles for getting reviews.

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12 tips for getting reviews on your notary listing

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1. Gee, I love your work!
The minute anyone says, “Gee, I love your work”, ask them for a review and send them a LINK to your review page so that they don’t have to search for it.

2. Read our comprehensive guide to reviews!
Read 123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews before you inhale your next breath.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16290

3. Five or six reviews doubles your incoming calls.
You don’t need a million reviews on 123notary, just five or six reviews in the last three years is enough.

4. Reviews from Title companies count more.
In general reviews are good. But reviews from Title companies carry more credibility.

5. Reviews from Jeremy mean a lot.
Since I am an impartial source of information about how good Notaries are, if you pass my Notary quiz with a high score, I will write a good review.

6. Reviews that are well written or emotionally charged mean more.
“My dog was dying and Jeff the Notary came running and saved the day. Fluffy would have died if it were not for Jeff (sob). I am crying tears of relief. I recommend Jeff to anyone, and so does Fluffy.”

7. Try to get a new review every quarter.
That is all you need. The more the merrier, but once per quarter puts you in the top 1% of Notaries on our site in terms of reviews, although Ken Edelstein in NYC will still have outdone you because he is special and has more than 400 reviews which are all legit.

8. The 8% rule.
On average only 8% of people you ask for a review will actually write it, so don’t be disappointed if you asketh more than you receiveth. Ask lots of people who like you for reviews and take what you get. But, each review is like platinum. On the other hand, if you are a really bad Notary, you might need to ask thirty people to get one review.

9. Offer amazing service
Being a considerate and competent Notary who arrives on time, dresses well, answers questions in a helpful and educated sounding way, and gets the job done on time will help you get reviews. People write reviews for people who gave them the best service they’ve ever had and the worst — not for the most average service.

10. Try to space your reviews out.
If you get five reviews within minutes of each other, I won’t publish them and it looks fake.

11. Old reviews carry very little weight.
If all your reviews are old, you look washed out and like a hasbeen. Reviews are only potent for attracting business if they were written in the last two or three years. The newer the better.

12. Your city page will benefit from your review.
Having reviews not only strengthens your listing, but strengthens your search results for your entire city on Google for 123notary.

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Links:

123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews (mentioned above)
This guide includes many supplemental and highly relevant and helpful links.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16290

You lose $333 every time you don’t ask for a review.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18893

5-6 reviews doubles your business!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8484

The link is the missing link to getting reviews on 123notary.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18890

Don’t ask for a review at the wrong time.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15800

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February 18, 2017

BNN Signing Services — mixed reviews

Filed under: Popular Overall,Signing Company Gossip — Tags: , — admin @ 9:35 pm

I rewrote and condensed some of the more interesting Notary comments about Bilingual Notary Network.

(1) One Notary says BNN met their fee and paid within two weeks. That Notary claims they would gladly accept more work from BNN

(2) 17408 claims they were paid within 30 days and never even had to call for pay!

(3) But, Joannieh had to wait for 113 days with no pay and found them to be rude.

(4) karmw1 did a $90 signing and had to wait for months. This notary tried four times by email and phone and is not impressed.

(5) Chuck did a signing for them. A month later he was told when the check would be sent out. A month later he was told there needed to be a reissue. On 4/22 he was told the check went out on 4/15. But, on 4/27 he was told the check went out 4/21. Good God!

(6) “I too have done a fair number of signings for Bilingual and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. Most importantly, they’ve always paid on time.”

Jeremy’s comments
You need to keep records of who owes you money for what and how fast they pay. If a company is too much trouble, you need to demand payment up front so you don’t have to chase them around wondering if you will ever get paid. It’s a waste of labor and very stressful.

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Be an independent field agent! Supplement your notary income.
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The “Met My Fee” list of signing companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16979

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