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June 19, 2017

Which Notary directories get high paying signings?

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 10:45 pm

Which Notary directories can help you get $150 jobs? Which Notary directory will help you get a high quantity of work. Which Notary directory will get you nicer clients? Here are some answers.

123notary — email us for a quote at info@123notary.com
123notary is a directory that refines its information daily. We attract all types of Notaries, but refine our list to put the absolute cream of the crop at the top of search results by using a complicated algorithm. This is why we are popular with Title companies and attract more high paying work than all other directories combined! Experienced Notaries on 123notary average $110 per signing. Disclaimer: Not all jobs from 123notary are amazing, but the percentage of good ones is higher than other directories, which puts you in a position to filter out the undesirable companies.

We put roughly 300 new notaries online every month and then take off half of the free new listings that have bad stats. We also have to remove older listings where the Notaries have become unresponsive. This constant refinement has made us the most reliable source for accurate information of any Notary directory.

123notary offers top placed listings in your county. All you have to do is email us at info@123notary.com and ask us for a quote for a high position in your area. Notaries with a top spot on 123notary get an exponentially higher quality of work as well as more total offers.

NotaryRotary
They are famous for their forum which is the most popular in the industry. Their directory is easy to use as it shows results in order of proximity to the search zip code. NotaryRotary focuses on closeness rather than on the quality or knowledge legal of the Notary. NotaryRotary gets a little bit of high paying Title Company work, but mostly signing company work.

SnapDocs
SnapDocs is a clearinghouse for the lowest paid and most undignified Notary work out there. Notaries get cattle calls via mass texts to all Notaries in the area for low paying jobs that often only pay $50 or $60 per signing. If you are a beginner and want to get your feet wet then try them. However, Notaries with experience are dropping off this medium like flies!

NotaryCafe
This is a much smaller directory that capitalizes on quality Notaries. Jobs are often higher paying, but there are not a lot of jobs to go around. Quantity is not a specialty of NotaryCafe unfortunately, but we still recommend them to more experienced Notaries.

SigningAgent.com
NNA’s directory has a lot of Notaries. Most of the Notaries are newer while there are a few experienced ones on board. The high point of this directory is that you can see the dates when Notaries became NNA certified and/or background screened which means a lot to signing companies. However, this company has not generated that much work for signing agents for years.

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February 19, 2017

Need an NNA Alternative?

Filed under: Business Tips — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 9:53 pm

NNA is a very reliable and quality organization that has been helping Notaries with education, supplies, background checking, and a world-class technical hotline for years. We at 123notary recommend them highly. However, their fees can be a bit high for some budgets, and you are probably thinking of alternatives for your Notary needs. Some claim that NNA has gotten too big, and is no longer the optimal source for Notaries to rely on. I refrain from having a personal opinion on this matter, although I would say that you should analyze your various Notary needs, and find the ideal source for each need rather than relying on one-stop shopping unless you feel that one-stop shopping makes more sense. So, here are the alternatives.

Signing Agent Education
(1) 123notary offers good loan signing combos with solid marketing advice and the convenience of take home course in printable, online, or take home book.
(2) We recommend Notary2Pro if you want thorough training and hand holding. they train their Notaries better than anyone else. Their courses are not as affordable as 123notary’s and do not have the marketing expertise that 123notary does, but they excel at nuts and bolts technical training.

Background Checks
NNA and Sterling are the two acceptable names for background checks. So, if you want an alternative to NNA, try Sterling.

Directories
SigningAgent.com used to deliver more jobs to Notaries than it does now. Over the last six years it has gone down hill from what I’ve heard.
(1) 123notary is a good source for high paying notary work
(2) SnapDocs is a good source for low-ball signing work for beginners
(3) NotaryRotary is the runner up for a mix of signing agent work ranging from top-notch to low-ball.

E&O Insurance
Notary Rotary and other organizations also sell Notary E&O insurance. Not sure who has better prices, but you can shop around.

Supplies
There are various companies around the nation that offer supplies, Notary Rotary being one of them. Personally, I always relied on NNA as my sole destination for thumbprinters, acknowledgment pads, carry-all bags, and anything else I needed.

Summary
NNA seems to be the best destination for one-stop Notary shopping. However, the alternatives might offer better prices and in some cases better quality especially for signing agent education, background screening, and directory marketing. However, for E&O and supplies they would be my first choice. I am not here to make your decision for where you should go for what. But, compare the competition for each type of items or services that you need, perhaps try each option out, and then optimize your decision making skills!

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October 30, 2016

Is Snapdocs a serious threat to 123notary?

Carmen is always worried about something. “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” She always thinks the industry is going to turn down and that 123notary will have a problem. So far, the industry has come crashing down many times. But, 123notary is so stable that we have survived these ups and downs unscathed.

But, 123notary has never had a serious competitor. Sure, Notary Rotary has been around since long before 123notary’s inception. Sure, SigningAgent.com is a huge competitor. But, our market share has never been negatively affected by other companies. Snapdocs has become so popular, that Carmen rightfully became concerned that they would cut into our market share. Although I see no definitive indication of that, it is true that 123notary normally has a steady growth in clicks from February to August. This year, our growth has been less dramatic. Our growth over last year is only a fraction of a percent which is not bad. At least we didn’t lose any ground.

The bigger question is, will Snapdocs become a serious threat to 123notary as they work out the kinks in their system and gain refinement, or will Notaries get tired of working under their platform and quit? My prediction is that seasoned Notaries are already beyond fed up and quit. New Notaries are also fed up, but don’t have any better offers. I believe that the new Notaries will continue to work for Snapdocs. If the current supply of Notaries is dried up by their disdain for lowballing, a new batch will come.

If you look at the Notaries on Snapdocs, they are almost all brand new and with hardly any experience or capability to write anything about themselves. In the past, no Notary directory was able to compete with 123notary in the long run. Snapdocs is the first serious threat to our market share that has happened in the history of 123notary.com.

The bottom line is, will Snapdocs figure out how to keep their Notaries happier, or will their Notaries all defect?

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August 22, 2016

The state of Notary advertising in 2016

I write an article like this every year or two, just to keep people informed about changes in the market.

Physical and Online Yellow Pages
Few Notaries do well with these, but you are welcome to experiment. Just don’t invest too much. See how well you can do with a limited budget.

Snapdocs
Snapdocs might not be too popular with the Notaries, but many Notaries get work from them and many other Notaries lose work from competition from this outfit. Snapdocs offers cattle calls to Notaries via text. Notaries polled on Linked In ALL claimed that they preferred a phone call, primarily because they could negotiate more easily. However, you can negotiate prices by text or email as well — and experienced Notaries are using snapdocs and doing exactly this. Keep in mind that it is not easy to find an available Notary with experience at the last minute, so you can command a decent price much of the time. So fear not!

Online Directories
In addition to contacting signing companies and Title companies by phone one by one, we also recomment “inbound” advertising where customers come to you when they need you vs. vice versa. Advertising on prominent mediums is powerful. But, it won’t do you any good unless you have a well filled out profile. Most Notaries do a horrible job writing their notes section. They put a bunch of unrelated information all jumbled up into one long paragraph. That is hard and unpleasant to read. Keep your notes informative, factual and organized into multiple paragraphs.

123notary
123notary is the most effective way to advertise your Notary services online. Notaries that get ahead on our site have high placed listings (ask for a quote) and multiple current reviews, a well written notes section, and 123notary certification which is not hard to earn if you are willing to study a little and take an online test. Despite tough competition from Snapdocs and Notary Rotary, 123notary’s traffic continues to grow little by little every year partially due to the superior maintenance of information by Jeremy, great customer service and mentoring from Carmen, and the strong effort in blogging and Facebook from the 123notary team.

Notary Rotary
Notary Rotary continues to be #2 in the Notary advertising world. I noticed that they lost a lot of steam in the fourth quarter of 2015. They seem to have slowed down a bit, but are still a serious contender. Notary Rotary is popular due to the quantity of Notaries on board and also to the search by proximity which 123notary doesn’t currently have although we have a search by zip radius of fixed mile radiuses which is the next best thing.

Notary Cafe
Notary Cafe continues to be popular with Notaries although I’m hearing less about it these days with SnapDocs picking up the slack in the market. Notary Cafe has few paying Notaries, but makes up for quantity with serious Notaries!

SigningAgent.com
NNA’s Signing Agent.com used to be much stronger. They have fewer new members and fewer good ones as well. They dropped their password protected search and are now open to the public. I previously thought that being open to the public would ruin 123notary’s stats, but we have not had any change in search volume since they opened their doors. Signingagent.com has gone down hill, but are still a contender in the #4 spot of Notary directories. At this point, SnapDocs seems to be more popular than Signingagent.com, however, SnapDocs is not purely a directory as they are an app and a complicated technological resource with many functions.

Other Advertising Methods
There are other ways to advertise besides contacting signing companies and directories. Many pass our cards, network, have websites, and more. The people who get ahead, typically use solid techniques for promotion and have been in business for years. So, pay your dues, get experience and advertise with the big guys. But, most of all, follow our advice on how to advertise. When in doubt, email us and ask!

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July 7, 2016

Here is my proof of how slow the industry has been

Every few months, I visit the Notary Rotary forum. I go to see which new signing companies people are talking about. I also like to see if there is any interesting gossip. Sometimes I find people compaining about us there too — usually about petty issues that don’t seem important to me. But, this visit to Notary Rotary yielded the smallest number of pages per month that I have ever seen in human or rather “notarial” history.

Normally NotaryRotary had two or three pages per day of gossip. But, this time, there was only about a third of page per day. It looks like things are functioning at 20% of normal speed over there.

Clicks on 123notary are also down. We have done so much to improve the quality of our site. We manually tested a few thousand Notaries free of charge. It was annoying for them, but we got 350 to pass in the last few months. I am proud of my success and theirs as well. But, even with this huge and sudden improvement to our site, the numbers went from 180,000 visitors per month in August down to 125,000 in December. December is always slower, but not normally this slow. So, at least I can see that the slowdown is also happening with NotaryRotary and not only on our site. Maybe things will pick up again. Not sure.

123notary recommends that you don’t worry about the ups and downs in the Notary economy. Rather, keep getting reviews on your listing, and study up and try to pass our certification test. Once you pass our regular certification, try our elite program. The more you better yourself, the more you can compete in any market!

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October 19, 2011

Notary Rotary’s Forum Vs. 123notary’s

Filed under: Social Media — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:03 am

There are various notary forums out there, among which, the largest are Notary Rotary’s and 123notary’s.  These two forums are structured differently. 
 
Notary Rotary’s Forum
Notary Rotary has a forum roll, and topics move down the screen never to return. Commentary comes in quickly, and notaries seem to like this form of organization.  They get at least sixty entries per day (mostly responses), and there is a huge diversity of topics.  They have a search function too.  To read the comments, you need to click on the links, one by one, and you can not see all the commentary at once.  This forum has been around for at least a decade. They have tremendous momentum, and their forum is a force to be reckoned with.
 
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123notary’s Forum
123notary’s forum is very indexed, and topics fall into about a dozen or so categories.  You can use the active topics link to see all the topics that were added or commented on since your last visit.  This is the most useful feature on the whole forum. Search by category, and see posts in order of which one was commented on or added the most recently.  You can also filter by number of replies or how many clicks a string got.  There is also a search function where you can search by keyword and find highly relevent matches.
 
History of the 123notary Forum
123notary’s forum didn’t start until late 2004, so we had a late start.  We knew nothing about promoting the forum then, and still have a lot to learn!  However, month after month, more notaries signed up to be on the forum, and more started commenting.  It was not until 2007, that I actively started taking an interest in the forum and posting regularly.  We didn’t get much volume on the forum until late 2007, and it grew for a while, and then got slow in 2009 due to the economy.  My interest on the forum had always been interesting topics of discussion.  The notaries on the other hand were interested in reading about signing companies — so, they could know who to avoid like the plague!  What I learned was that discussion topics only really work if there are really popular, otherwise they get ignored for the most part.  I have to thank Ken Edelstein, because he is responsible for a high percentage of the really interesting and intelligent discussion content on our forum, and he has also posted a few really interesting posts on our blog.
 
Which forum is right for you?
Putting aside which type of organization you like, the main thing is looking around to find content that interests you.  Sometimes it is good to use both forums to find really good material about a particular signing company, or discussion topic.
 
What is next?
123notary is thinking about creating a much more user-friendly archiving section, where users can browse through hundreds of categories of discussion issues, and find many posts in each category that interest them. Hold your breath, because that is not coming out until 2012 if we are lucky!  We have other things on the front burner before that!

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