Sunday, February 26, 2012

Three Topics from Alex's Blog

Every couple of weeks I flip over to Alex's blog just to see what he has on his radar.  At least once a year I share it with NR.

For instance, today I caught up on
-BBB Top Scams
-Housing Crisis End?
-5 Steps for Improving Your Online Social Media Reputation

Having a blog like Alex's will help build content for a notary's website.  Content makes Google love a site.  It also reports blurbs on the topics that we are interested in.  I think of it like the Kiplinger Letter for notaries...except without the pricey membership subscription fee.

His blog is a perfect example of what a notary's blog should be. I am so jealous if it.  I have never been able to be that consistent with a blog and I will never be the writer that he is.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Facebook Marketing for Notaries

The days of  surfing to a potential client's website and filling in a form in order to "sign up" for work is not enough.

It's not 2001 anymore.  It's a decade later, folks, and time to knock the rust off of the old marketing factory's wheels.  If you want to stay competitive, a 2011 marketing skill set is imperative.

Start working on your Facebook Skills.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Google Merchant Checkout

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Can My Notary Seal Ink be Purple? (Preview)

If you are interest in knowing whether or not you can have a notary stamp seal with a color of ink other than black, sign up for the American Association of Notaries' free emailed newsletter. The next emailed article begins like this,
"There are only six states with laws that require black ink to be used in the notary’s seal; one state requires purple and several states do not require a seal at all. The majority of states’ notaries can choose a reproducible ink color such as blue, purple, or green. Can you?"

Notaries often believe that they must have black ink in their notary seal. Only six states require black, and one state, Tennessee, requires that the notary's stamp seal ink be any color except black.

Sign up for the next free emailed newsletter from the AAN to receive this and other insightful notary articles.

The article about notary seal ink color will be published within the week. After the newsletter comes out, this entry will be updated to include the link.

Until next time....Brenda Stone, Texas Notary Publisher

Friday, July 2, 2010

“It’s not legal if the date is different!”

Yesterday, a contract was returned to the office where I work due to a “notary error”. The sender said it was not “legal” because the acknowledgment date was different that the signing date. I heard my co-worker (my dear friend, Jane) say on the phone, “Well, our notary is a writer for a notary association and she really does know what she is doing.” I was touched by that, but in this case, me being right is certainly not as important as the contract getting signed to the sender’s satisfaction.

I was headed out for lunch and told Jane that there was no need to argue about it. Just send it back and we would re-sign and I would notarize again on THAT date so that the two dates would be the same.

My co-workers know that I write articles for the American Association of Notaries. They know that I pride myself in understanding Texas notary law. My “real” job is naturally ultra-important, but writing notary articles for the AAN is what I get up for before 5:00 a.m. each morning and is what I love. I went home and got my American Association of Notaries’ handbook so I could show my co-workers that an acknowledgment date did not have to be the same date as the date of the contract, or the date that the document was signed.

When I returned to the office, I explained that an affidavit’s certificate, the jurat, would need to show the same date as the signing of the document, but an acknowledgment did not. A document may be signed on January 5, 2010, yet be acknowledged before the notary on December 5, 2010, or even on a date in 2011. In the case of this particular contract, the contract was signed around three days before the signer (my boss) acknowledged the document before me, the notary. When it showed up on my desk, I took the document and went into her office; then, I went through the verbal acknowledgment ceremony, completed the journal work, and then notarized the document.

Jane told me that when she called to follow up with the sender of the rejected contract, she (Jane) was put on speaker phone. Then, the sender/rejecter announced to a roomful of key players on the other end of the conversation that she was a notary and she knew it was incorrect…that the other notary (me) was wrong and didn’t know what she was doing. (I’m sorry you had to go through that, Jane!)

I don’t argue my position where it does not matter. If someone such as this sender/rejecter/notary wants something different, and it is legal for me to do, then I do it. The way this will be handled is that I will assure that the boss signs and I notarize on the same date. The notary expert on the other end gets to be “right”…this time.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Alex's Notary Resources - Bookmark it, Danno.

My mentor in blogging, Alex Yvonnou, has yet again hit the bull’s eye with his notary’s resource page.

You won't believe all the great links you will find there.

Imitation is the best form of flattery, Alex. A future blog entry will be The Texas Notary Publisher's List of Notary Resources.

And, the list will probably begin like this:

1) Alex's List of Notary Resources, plus...

2) Free monthly notary newsletters - American Association of Notaries

3) Notary Locator - AAN's Directory

4) Find your Notary Public Administrator's Contact Information -

For the linking impaired-- The links used in this entry follow.