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TexNotary Newsletter

Notary Newsletter from Brenda Stone (Texas Notary Publisher)

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

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Many thanks, BrendaTx

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

TexNotary Newsletter - 06-10-06

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Dear Readers:





This is an "appreciation" edition. It's only been a few days but I decided to go ahead and share my experiences this week with you. Lot's of new subscribers! As always,
I try not to send out unimportant information. I focus on making money and
saving money for the person who is, like me, the average notary seeking
opportunity to increase their income.





(Thank you to all the new folks who have joined
my mailing list. Just in the last few days over 40 have subscribed!)





This time:







  • Is there a Problem With
    Dmoz.org
    Editors?




  • Loan Document Downloads (Online/Free)







-Regular loans



-Reverse Mortgage Loan Documents







  • Trip Fees vs. Full Fees





  • Arizona
    Network Meeting - June 25, 2006




  • Car Sign Marketing Ideas





  • Off Topic Health & Home (Tried and True)







-Indigestion Cure



-Laundry Cures



-Tea Tree Oil Cures (Sinus, fleas, fungus, lots of things)



-Flea cures







  • "Revenue Hub" Ideas





-
Google.com
Ads



- Niche Sales and Marketing



- Affiliate Marketing




-------------------------------------------






Is there a Problem with
Dmoz.org
Notary Editors?



Notaries really need to consider this article if they get notary work
from their own website.






Dmoz.org

is the directory that
Google.com

pulls its indexing from. If
you are not in
Dmoz.org

you won't have much of a chance to get found on

Google.com

. However, that does not mean that you will not be found on the other
search engines which are independent of
Dmoz.org

and
Google.com

such as MSN.com
and Yahoo.com. These sites use different criteria to determine popularity.






Dmoz.org

is critical to marketing your site on the internet. Here's why
I think we may have a little problem going on.





The other day I was contacted by a very well-known notary-related
website owner who told me he had spent a ton of money on getting his site
recognized. However, his competitor was beating him out like crazy on

Google.com

.





To help him solve his problem, I ran a link popularity check on

Marketleap.com
. It gave him very good placement. This did not make sense.
Finally it hit me. He's got popularity, I wonder where he is on
Dmoz.org

.
I went over to
Dmoz.org

and I checked his website on that site. It was not
there. If a site is not indexed into
Dmoz.org

, it's "sunk" so to speak on

Google.com

.





I wrote him with the results and guess what? He did a little checking
of his own and his major competitor is an editor of the section he chose to go
into in
Dmoz.org

.





A
Dmoz.org

"editor" is a volunteer position. If I have my facts right,
you take up the job and determine whether or not the sites you are putting into
your editorial section is worthy, or just another junk site. I am concerned
that in our notary world we may be getting slighted by
Dmoz.org

editors.





After running into this I felt concern that perhaps there is not a fair
rating method to get into the directory. I checked my own position and found I
had dropped off the face of the earth with

www.Texas-Signing-Agent.com
.
My link is no longer in
Dmoz.org

. Both the person I mentioned and myself
have experienced a problem with
Dmoz.org

. I wonder if my problem is similar to
his. Is it possible the section editor has "lost" my link?





Today I wrote a letter in the directory's feedback. I would like to
know what you think about this theory of mine. If you would like to comment,
please send it to brendasblog@gmail.com .










Loan Document Downloads Online




Packet of Loan Documents



Are you new? Do you need to find documents so that you can get familiar
with loan packets?



Here is a link I found while searching what I call "invisible internet"
for information to broker. Download them here.






Reverse Mortgage Loan Documents for Practice



Awhile back I was sent a package of documents from another notary. I
have uploaded them here along with instructions on how to sign them. Enjoy






Trip Fees vs. Full Fees



(If the Borrowers Refuse to Sign)



This is a troublesome subject for me. Many times in the past I have
accepted the possiblity of trip fees. By trip fees, I mean there will not be a
full fee paid if the borrowers do not sign. You usually get a portion of the
fee.





You certainly cannot blame the hiring entity for wanting to put this in
their contract or confirmation, but can we be as pure as the driven snow if the
fee is not paid in full if the borrowers do not sign? I feel that I can, but my
problem is that the Texas Secretary of State has been very clear on what their
rules are on this. I keep a copy of the rules on my website just to know where
they are if I need them. You can see my page of rules right here - I took them
straight from the Texas SOS. Here's the language which I find restrictive.






"...The signature and seal of a Notary
Public do not prove these facts conclusively, but provide prima facie proof
of them, and allow persons in trade and commerce to rely upon the truth and
veracity of the Notary Public as a third party who has no personal interest
in the transaction.





A Notary Public is personally liable for
negligence or fraud in the performance of the duties of the office. The bond
is to insure that the person injured can recover at least $10,000.00, but
this does not protect the Notary Public from personal liability for the full
extent of damages caused by a breach of official duty. In addition to civil
liability, Notaries Public may be subject to criminal prosecution and the
revocation or suspension of their notary public commission by the Secretary
of State's office. ..."






Now, this does not mean if you have a good relationship with a title
company or other hiring company that you cannot go ahead and give them a break
on the backside of a signing gone defunct. However, I feel it's very clear if
you agree to a trip fee that it could be thought of as improper to take a
signing appointment in that case.





Yes, I know, it's been going on for years, but it's a worthwhile thing
to think about. It concerns me enough I am trying to figure out how to
carefully approach our Secretary of State about it so that I may get a ruling on
it.





Seeking
Feedback: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, PLEASE
WRITE ME AT BRENDASBLOG@GMAIL.COM.
I WILL ONLY PUBLISH YOUR COMMENTS WITH YOUR NAME IF YOU SAY IT IS OKAY.
THANKS!







Arizona Networking Meeting - June 25, 2006



If you are an Arizona notary and have not yet signed
up for the up coming networking meeting taking place on June 25th or would like
to know more, please email jjrundall@cox.net
for a copy of the invitation for details regarding the meeting.



The deadline to RSVP is June 10th and there are currently over 45 notaries
registered to come. Don't miss out!! We have speakers scheduled, door prize give
aways, and so much more!!



Have a great day!!



Jennifer J. Rundall

Your Arizona Mobile Notary





Note from BrendaTx - I have provided
Jennifer with two copies of my Reverse Mortgage Notebooks for door prizes!






Car Sign Marketing Ideas



TRIED AND TRUE - TexNotary
Recommends:
In the 06-06-2006 edition of my newsletter, I said that you
could get a Magnetic Sign for your car. Just to keep it real, I wanted to let
you know that I have one of those of my own, it works and here is a picture of
mine. Here is what mine says:





Mobile Notary 979-739-2690



www.TexNotary.com





(Click
here
to see it and to view a few ideas of how to use it. I just placed
another order for four from Paul's Notary Mini-Mart myself.)





Purchase it here:




http://www.pawnotary.com/Mini-Mart.htm








The Diversified Revenue Hub



To steal a phrase "profit centers" from Charles Peavey in California,
he has acknowledged that creating streams of income (or in Charles' words, "setting up several profit centers") will keep the change rolling in. However, I
cannot steal his "profit center" phrase completely, so I did a little bit of
thesaurus research and came up with an alternative - I will call profit centers
(Charles' phrase) by a name I like for my own purpose: "The Diversified
Revenue Hub."





As you know, your time is a very valuable thing. You can devote it all
to your signing business and make more money with your time through having your
eggs all in one basket (which might work well for you) or you can venture off
into a few tried and true things which I do to create other income. Small
revenue makers will create small bits of income. Bit by bit small streams of
income from the becomes quite a nice little flow.





We have talked about things in the past such as serving subpoenas,
non-loan work, taking real estate pictures (here's
some of my work
) and inspections. For the ones who want to make the
internet spit a little change back at them, consider these things, but FIRST:





I heartily endorse every one of you to take a simple course in FrontPage, or
website creation as soon as you can.



Once you learn how to do simple web pages
you can (1) draw more business by having a page which will advertise your
services, (2) you can actually put Google ads on your site and make a few extra
pennies each day...or maybe even hundreds a month, (4) Consider a niche
marketing site of simple products (5) You can sell affiliate marketing products
from your site.






Google Ads



Google Ads will make you money? Yes, I love them. It took me
months to get a check from
Google.com

, but now, it's coming together rather
nicely. So many people think that I stay on notary boards because I am so in
love with seeing my name on those boards. I'll admit, it's nice to be noticed,
but the truth is I decided a long time ago to begin a step off into affiliate
marketing and publishing my content and other writings. This was something I
was interested in before my notary career took off.






Niche Marketing & Selling
Simple Products



Niche Marketing and selling very simple products will generate a side
income that becomes handy pocket change.





So, how does one get into a niche and market? Well, let me start by
warning you that this rambles a bit, but stay with me and you'll see what I
mean.




The Cornbread Niche - Very Simple Example



"Back in the day" people used to try all kinds of newspaper ads to get
people to send them a few bucks. Those, however, were really scams.





However, there is a type of ad that is run in places where older folks
or dedicated homemakers tend to read and it generates income for people. It's a
recipe ad. I marvel every time I see this diligent man named George tagging his
posts with his Grandmother's Cornbread Recipe. He writes and posts
on several groups and always signs off with his cornbread recipe. He gets
involved in forums where his signature with "Grandmothers" recipe ad brings in a
few bucks every time he posts. It's okay to click on this
one, I will not earn or win from it! It's one of his most recent
posts.





This is one type of "niche" marketing -- very simple. This guy has been
selling this recipe for seven years that I know of. All the dude does is posts
his little cornbread recipe around on the internet for sale. I have also seen
it in magazines for homemakers, the National Enquirer ads and in Opportunity
Magazine. People are buying it or ol' George would not still be
posting
it
.





More Complicated Niche Marketing Ideas



Now, for the more sophisticated niche marketer, you learn your hobby
and/or trade really well and write publications about them. "How-to's" are in
and of themselves a niche writing market, but so is any subject you choose to
become an "expert" in and begin to write on it.





Now, as we all know, Victoria Ring has her site which is not actually
the end all site for notaries according to some. (Let me stop and say,
however, all I needed was her book on how to start the business and I got the
concept. It was a great starting place.) However, Victoria Ring is an
excellent example of an entrepreneurial type who researches and writes
"How-to's" about any number of working from home opportunities. Whether
you approve of them or not, she's good at self-publishing and making money from
it.




You do not have to like what she does to realize if
you are a home economics major, you might have a niche to slip into...or if you
love dogs, or birds, or ice skating, comic books, whatever...you can become a
niche marketer of simple publications or even products. Products?
Even without writing? Yes, you can do something called affiliate marketing
and I touch on that below, but first let me get into information brokering.





Information Brokering



One type of niche marketing is a topic I call information brokering. I
am currently writing a book on that. I put it down about six months ago when I
began to move and have not picked it back up because I wanted to start brokering
information again before I began to tell how well you could do at it. It had
been awhile since I had a big hit (the 90's) so I had to wait awhile to "
keep
it real and let you know how it would go.




Information Brokering is a good internet business you can work from
home. If you are interested in brokering information With a website, it's
a very simple concept. You can (1) develop information products that people in
your "niche" truly do need or are interested in (2) Sell them from your website
using PayPal.





For instance, I developed a list by researching the 'net which is over

5000 Lenders and Escrow addresses in California.

I sell it for $15.95. It took many hours to produce. However, I sell a few
each week to people who are looking to send out marketing pieces of their own.
Now that I have the list, all I have to do is receive the Paypal.com
payment and then return it by email.





To develop an information brokering bussines, just like when developing
any other business, you have to have a plan. You must set goals, plan, and
set up a simple website. If you want a work from home internet business, you
must have internet presence. If you buy into the idea that you can get rich
overnight you are dreaming.





I have been disclosing some of the kinds of things that I do in my
"spare" time. I will not tell you that I am making a mint at all these things
because I am not. However, I am turning my time into money through easy does
it--baby steps, one step at a time
and all that jazz. If you have a
direction and a destination, and if you keep moving a little bit each day,
eventually get will get there.





As I know from experience, you cannot jump up and become an ace notary
signing agent at the top of your craft in Texas, and develop an affiliate
marketing site, plus set up an information brokerage that will rock the world
for you by the end of the month AND do so all at the same time.





However, you can do a little at a time. That's what I do. I blog and I
capture "content." The content I create drives people to my website.





Content



That is a fancy way to say articles, writing, or text, if you will.
Content is the thing that just tickles the fancy of the search engines.





Once I had a lady take a huge piece of content I had just written and
slice it up to Reader's Digest style. While I understood her purpose, it was
wrong for the 'net. The search engines crave to see words and information. The
internet information seeker, product purchaser actually craves to see as much as
they can about the subject. So, toss out concise writing when you consider
working in the internet world of searching and seeking information.
It's different than when you develop your professional website. However,
a word to the wise: If you want your professional notary website to be
noticed by search engines, put lots and lots of content in it. Four pages
will not cut it for great response on
Google.com

.






Affiliate Marketing



What is affiliate marketing? It's an arrangement between you and a
place like Linkshare.com where you (the website publisher) can slip links into
your website which will drive people from your site to a product.





For instance via affiliate marketing you can sell printers, computers,
any number of items. I have links which hook into Overstock.com, and my dear
notary friend, there's not much you cannot find at Overstock.com!




Lots of good stuff notaries need as well as the public at large. If you
want to purchase a great book on this subject, take a look at Jim Martel's
Affiliate Marketing Handbook. And, if you were to decide to purchase it, just be
aware, I will make a percentage from it. This is how affiliate marketing brings
money back to you. Every product you sell from your site will yield a bit of
revenue.





Affiliate marketing online is
a big, big deal and a real way to make money online. I
personally used Jim Martel's techniques for getting search engine recognition
and it's paid off for me. I cannot seem to get into affiliate marketing like I
should because I like to "talk" to the people that read my newsletters and blogs.
With affiliate marketing you need to be more of an article writer.





My main purpose in life is to be independent and to be happy and have
joy. Writing a "conversation" out for you makes me feel good.





Therefore, I am happier making money off of my
Google.com

ads and
writing as a niche marketer with publications I feel good about telling you to
purchase. I won't endorse something if I cannot figuratively look you in the
eye and say, "try it."




There is a world of information at your finger tips on
how to work from home or make money online. Hopefully, I have given you
some ideas on what's out there that I believe is worthwhile to look into.




Just remember, you did not become a great loan signing
notary in two days and the other things are similar. There is not a magic
bullet that will send you soaring over to party with Donald Trump by engraved
invitation.





Off Topic Health & Home



DISCLAIMER - DON'T TRY ANY OF THESE HEALTH AND
HOME REMEDIES ON MY OWN RECOMMENDATION - DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST! USE AT YOUR
OWN RISK.





TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com recommends:
Do you ever get really bad
indigestion?
I was starting to and I began to take a product that I purchase at
Wal-Mart for $6-$7. The brand I take is Rexall, and it's called "Multi-Enzyme
Supplement." I am sold on this like you would not believe. Seriously, if you
get heartburn, pick up a bottle of those and take them according to
instructions. My mom has started taking them also. If you are like me, you'll
find that this will be a cure.





TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com
recommends:
Fels Naptha Soap



Back when our parents were growing up there was a product put out by
dial called Fels Naptha Soap. The Queen of Clean has revived it. Pick up a bar
of it at Kroger's and try applying it to underarm persiration and ring around
the collar. Let it sit before you wash.





If you really like to save money (and have a touch of the "potion maker"
in you) let me send you to a website which has a recipe for making up a great
batch of problem solving soap for your laundry. It's cheap and it has four
ingredients (1) Fels Naptha Soap (2) Washing Soda (3) Borax (4) Water.





I keep this stuff made up and wash with it often. It will make your
whites whiter than they have been in awhile - especially if you add a little
bleach or non-chlorine bleach.





TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com recommends:
Borax for Men and Boys (Laundry)



I had boys. Sometimes that young "manly" smell does not get out of the
clothes like it should. It will make the house smell like a locker room.





Since I inspect apartments I can always peg the kid who is not getting
his clothes clean. It hits me like thick nostalgia -- I remember my sister
gagging on our vacation to Mexico with me and my boys. (She did not have
boys.) We were riding
around in Cancun with two thirteen year olds "reeking" (to her) even after they
just got out of the shower.





We had left our Borax at home. I made the boys rinse off with a
little borax in water on occasion. It's a natural freshener. Borax (and/or the recipe mentioned above) will eliminate that smell in your
sons' closets and bedrooms. Wash their clothes in it. Always.





Just for good measure sprinkle some borax around
and let it sit in there before you vacuum. You'll be able to enjoy the way the
house smells again when it's really clean. It's only a few bucks to pick this
stuff up. Just try it and you'll remember "fresh" smells so good.





TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com
recommends:
Tea Tree Oil -





I started a new job at the Small Business
Development Center
in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Had not been sick
for years, but first rattle out of the box, I had
fever and sinus infection. I was out of my stand-by remedy--my trusty peroxide
for gargling. I spied my Tea
Tree Oil bottle which I used once to kill germs around the windows in my house
where the dogs lay rather than using bleach.





I began to gargle with water laced with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. I
also inhaled it over a steaming bowl of microwave boiled water. It nipped my
little ailment in the bud within a couple of days. Especially the aromatherapy
part. I would get instant relief from that.





Since then I have begun to use a few teaspoons in my dishwater and my
"fine washables" laundry, items, as well. It kills germs without having to
reach for the clothes staining bleach or running the dishwasher for a few
dishes.





Try a half teaspoon in a quart of water when you shower and rinse off
with it - it gets you
really clean! It kills germs and has been recommended as an alternative to
deodorant.





It also kills fungal infections such as athlete's foot and overactive
candida. Caution - some may be very sensitive to this product. By
the way, I buy mine at
Wal-Mart.





Flea repellant usage - some say that a few drops on the dog collar will repel fleas. Just be
careful how you use it on that notary dog. Make sure they cannot lick it. I personally prefer
Lavender Oil on
my dogs. Turns them into mobile deodorizers and keeps the fleas at bay.





REPORTED TRIED AND TRUE:
Borax for fleas
- Haven't tried this for fleas but I hear from Di Ramey, a notary
in in North Texas, that it's a miracle cure for fleas in a house. Put a cup of
borax in a blender and mix it up until it is power. Grab a big old power shaker
or a large salt shaker and shake it well into the carpet. Leave it overnight.
Vacuum up. You'll kill fleas and deodorize your rugs.






GOT A HOME REMEDY THAT'S A TIME AND MONEY SAVER? LET ME KNOW...SEND IT
TO BRENDASBLOG@GMAIL.COM . I'll give you blog space and we'll all learn something
from you! I love trying these things. They work and they are cheaper
by a long shot.


You can always find my
newsletter at
TexNotaryNewsletter.blogspot.com



 



Dear Readers:



 



This is an "appreciation" edition.  It's only been a few days but I decided to go ahead and share my
experiences this week with you.  Lot's of new subscribers!  As always,
I try not to send out unimportant information.  I focus on making money and
saving money for the person who is, like me, the average notary seeking
opportunity to increase their income. 



 



(Thank you to all the new folks who have joined
my mailing list.  Just in the last few days over 40 have subscribed!) 



 



This time:



 





  • Is there a Problem With
    Dmoz.org
    Editors?




  • Loan Document Downloads (Online/Free)







-Regular loans



-Reverse Mortgage Loan Documents







  • Trip Fees vs. Full Fees





  • Arizona
    Network Meeting - June 25, 2006




  • Car Sign Marketing Ideas





  • Off Topic Health & Home (Tried and True)







-Indigestion Cure



-Laundry Cures



-Tea Tree Oil Cures (Sinus, fleas, fungus, lots of things)



-Flea cures







  • "Revenue Hub" Ideas





-
Google.com
Ads



- Niche Sales and Marketing



- Affiliate Marketing




-------------------------------------------



 




Is there a Problem with
Dmoz.org
Notary Editors?



Notaries really need to consider this article if they get notary work
from their own website. 



 




Dmoz.org

is the directory that
Google.com

pulls its indexing from.  If
you are not in
Dmoz.org

you won't have much of a chance to get found on

Google.com

.  However, that does not mean that you will not be found on the other
search engines which are independent of
Dmoz.org

and
Google.com

such as MSN.com
and Yahoo.com.  These sites use different criteria to determine popularity.



 




Dmoz.org

is critical to marketing your site on the internet.  Here's why
I think we may have a little problem going on. 



 



The other day I was contacted by a very well-known notary-related
website owner who told me he had spent a ton of money on getting his site
recognized.  However, his competitor was beating him out like crazy on

Google.com



 



To help him solve his problem, I ran a link popularity check on

Marketleap.com
.  It gave him very good placement.  This did not make sense. 
Finally it hit me.  He's got popularity, I wonder where he is on
Dmoz.org


I went over to
Dmoz.org

and I checked his website on that site.  It was not
there.  If a site is not indexed into
Dmoz.org

, it's "sunk" so to speak on

Google.com



 



I wrote him with the results and guess what?  He did a little checking
of his own and his major competitor is an editor of the section he chose to go
into in
Dmoz.org



 



A
Dmoz.org

"editor" is a volunteer position.  If I have my facts right,
you take up the job and determine whether or not the sites you are putting into
your editorial section is worthy, or just another junk site.  I am concerned
that in our notary world we may be getting slighted by
Dmoz.org

editors. 



 



After running into this I felt concern that perhaps there is not a fair
rating method to get into the directory.  I checked my own position and found I
had dropped off the face of the earth with

www.Texas-Signing-Agent.com

My link is no longer in
Dmoz.org

.   Both the person I mentioned and myself
have experienced a problem with
Dmoz.org

. I wonder if my problem is similar to
his.  Is it possible the section editor has "lost" my link?



 



Today I wrote a letter in the directory's feedback.  I would like to
know what you think about this theory of mine.  If you would like to comment,
please send it to brendasblog@gmail.com .



 



 



 




Loan Document Downloads Online




Packet of Loan Documents



Are you new?  Do you need to find documents so that you can get familiar
with loan packets?



Here is a link I found while searching what I call "invisible internet"
for information to broker.  Download them here.



 




Reverse Mortgage Loan Documents for Practice



Awhile back I was sent a package of documents from another notary.  I
have uploaded them here along with instructions on how to sign them.  Enjoy



 




Trip Fees vs. Full Fees



(If the Borrowers Refuse to Sign)



This is a troublesome subject for me.  Many times in the past I have
accepted the possiblity of trip fees.  By trip fees, I mean there will not be a
full fee paid if the borrowers do not sign.  You usually get a portion of the
fee.



 



You certainly cannot blame the hiring entity for wanting to put this in
their contract or confirmation, but can we be as pure as the driven snow if the
fee is not paid in full if the borrowers do not sign?  I feel that I can, but my
problem is that the Texas Secretary of State has been very clear on what their
rules are on this. I keep a copy of the rules on my website just to know where
they are if I need them.  You can see my page of rules right here - I took them
straight from the Texas SOS.  Here's the language which I find restrictive.  



 




"...The signature and seal of a Notary
Public do not prove these facts conclusively, but provide prima facie proof
of them, and allow persons in trade and commerce to rely upon the truth and
veracity of the Notary Public as a third party who has no personal interest
in the transaction.



 



A Notary Public is personally liable for
negligence or fraud in the performance of the duties of the office. The bond
is to insure that the person injured can recover at least $10,000.00, but
this does not protect the Notary Public from personal liability for the full
extent of damages caused by a breach of official duty. In addition to civil
liability, Notaries Public may be subject to criminal prosecution and the
revocation or suspension of their notary public commission by the Secretary
of State's office. ..."




 



Now, this does not mean if you have a good relationship with a title
company or other hiring company that you cannot go ahead and give them a break
on the backside of a signing gone defunct.  However, I feel it's very clear if
you agree to a trip fee that it could be thought of as improper to take a
signing appointment in that case. 



 



Yes, I know, it's been going on for years, but it's a worthwhile thing
to think about.  It concerns me enough I am trying to figure out how to
carefully approach our Secretary of State about it so that I may get a ruling on
it. 



 



Seeking
Feedback:  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, PLEASE
WRITE ME AT BRENDASBLOG@GMAIL.COM
I WILL ONLY PUBLISH YOUR COMMENTS WITH YOUR NAME IF YOU SAY IT IS OKAY. 
THANKS!



 



 



Arizona Networking Meeting - June 25, 2006



If you are an Arizona notary and have not yet signed
up for the up coming networking meeting taking place on June 25th or would like
to know more, please email jjrundall@cox.net 
for a copy of the invitation for details regarding the meeting.



The deadline to RSVP is June 10th and there are currently over 45 notaries
registered to come. Don't miss out!! We have speakers scheduled, door prize give
aways, and so much more!!



Have a great day!!



Jennifer J. Rundall

Your Arizona Mobile Notary



 



Note from BrendaTx - I have provided
Jennifer with two copies of my Reverse Mortgage Notebooks for door prizes!



  




Car Sign Marketing Ideas



TRIED AND TRUE - TexNotary
Recommends:
In the 06-06-2006 edition of my newsletter, I said that you
could get a Magnetic Sign for your car.  Just to keep it real, I wanted to let
you know that I have one of those of my own, it works and here is a picture of
mine.  Here is what mine says: 



 



Mobile Notary 979-739-2690



www.TexNotary.com



 



(Click
here
to see it and to view a few ideas of how to use it.  I just placed
another order for four from Paul's Notary Mini-Mart myself.)



 



Purchase it here:




http://www.pawnotary.com/Mini-Mart.htm



 



 




The Diversified Revenue Hub



To steal a phrase "profit centers" from Charles Peavey in California,
he has acknowledged that creating streams of income (or in Charles' words, "setting up several profit centers") will keep the change rolling in.  However, I
cannot steal his "profit center" phrase completely, so I did a little bit of
thesaurus research and came up with an alternative - I will call profit centers
(Charles' phrase) by a name I like for my own purpose:  "The Diversified
Revenue Hub."



 



As you know, your time is a very valuable thing.  You can devote it all
to your signing business and make more money with your time through having your
eggs all in one basket (which might work well for you) or you can venture off
into a few tried and true things which I do to create other income.  Small
revenue makers will create small bits of income.  Bit by bit small streams of
income from the  becomes quite a nice little flow.



 



We have talked about things in the past such as serving subpoenas,
non-loan work, taking real estate pictures (here's
some of my work
) and inspections.  For the ones who want to make the
internet spit a little change back at them, consider these things, but FIRST:



 



I heartily endorse every one of you to take a simple course in FrontPage, or
website creation as soon as you can.



Once you learn how to do simple web pages
you can (1) draw more business by having a page which will advertise your
services, (2) you can actually put Google ads on your site and make a few extra
pennies each day...or maybe even hundreds a month, (4) Consider a niche
marketing site of simple products (5) You can sell affiliate marketing products
from your site. 



 




Google Ads



Google Ads will make you money?  Yes, I love them. It took me
months to get a check from
Google.com

, but now, it's coming together rather
nicely.  So many people think that I stay on notary boards because I am so in
love with seeing my name on those boards.  I'll admit, it's nice to be noticed,
but the truth is I decided a long time ago to begin a step off into affiliate
marketing and publishing my content and other writings.  This was something I
was interested in before my notary career took off. 



 




Niche Marketing & Selling
Simple Products



Niche Marketing and selling very simple products will generate a side
income that becomes handy pocket change. 



 



So, how does one get into a niche and market?  Well, let me start by
warning you that this rambles a bit, but stay with me and you'll see what I
mean. 


 



The Cornbread Niche - Very Simple Example



"Back in the day" people used to try all kinds of newspaper ads to get
people to send them a few bucks. Those, however, were really scams. 



 



However, there is a type of ad that is run in places where older folks
or dedicated homemakers tend to read and it generates income for people.  It's a
recipe ad.  I marvel every time I see this diligent man named George tagging his
posts with his Grandmother's Cornbread Recipe.  He  writes and posts
on several groups and always signs off with his cornbread recipe.  He gets
involved in forums where his signature with "Grandmothers" recipe ad brings in a
few bucks every time he posts.  It's okay to click on this 
one, I will not earn or win from it!  It's one of his most recent
posts.



 



This is one type of "niche" marketing -- very simple.  This guy has been
selling this recipe for seven years that I know of.  All the dude does is posts
his little cornbread recipe around on the internet for sale.  I have also seen
it in magazines for homemakers, the National Enquirer ads and in Opportunity
Magazine.  People are buying it or ol' George would not still be
posting
it
.



 



More Complicated Niche Marketing Ideas



Now, for the more sophisticated niche marketer, you learn your hobby
and/or trade really well and write publications about them. "How-to's" are in
and of themselves a niche writing market, but so is any subject you choose to
become an "expert" in and begin to write on it. 



 



Now, as we all know, Victoria Ring has her site which is not actually
the end all site for notaries according to some.  (Let me stop and say,
however, all I needed was her book on how to start the business and I got the
concept.  It was a great starting place.)  However, Victoria Ring is an
excellent example of an entrepreneurial type who researches and writes
"How-to's" about any number of working from home opportunities.  Whether
you approve of them or not, she's good at self-publishing and making money from
it. 


 



You do not have to like what she does to realize if
you are a home economics major, you might have a niche to slip into...or if you
love dogs, or birds, or ice skating, comic books, whatever...you can become a
niche marketer of simple publications or even products.  Products? 
Even without writing?  Yes, you can do something called affiliate marketing
and I touch on that below, but first let me get into information brokering.



 



Information Brokering



One type of niche marketing is a topic I call information brokering.  I
am currently writing a book on that.  I put it down about six months ago when I
began to move and have not picked it back up because I wanted to start brokering
information again before I began to tell how well you could do at it.  It had
been awhile since I had a big hit (the 90's) so I had to wait awhile to "
keep
it real and let you know how it would go.


 



Information Brokering is a good internet business you can work from
home.  If you are interested in brokering information With a website, it's
a very simple concept.  You can (1) develop information products that people in
your "niche" truly do need or are interested in (2) Sell them from your website
using PayPal. 



 



For instance, I developed a list by researching the 'net which is over

5000 Lenders and Escrow addresses in California.
 
I sell it for $15.95.  It took many hours to produce.  However, I sell a few
each week to people who are looking to send out marketing pieces of their own. 
Now that I have the list, all I have to do is receive the Paypal.com 
payment and then return it by email.



 



To develop an information brokering bussines, just like when developing
any other business, you have to have a plan.  You must set goals, plan, and
set up a simple website.  If you want a work from home internet business, you
must have internet presence.  If you buy into the idea that you can get rich
overnight you are dreaming. 



 



I have been disclosing some of the kinds of things that I do in my
"spare" time. I will not tell you that I am making a mint at all these things
because I am not.  However, I am turning my time into money through easy does
it--baby steps, one step at a time
and all that jazz.  If you have a
direction and a destination, and if you keep moving a little bit each day,
eventually get will get there. 



 



As I know from experience, you cannot jump up and become an ace notary
signing agent at the top of your craft in Texas, and develop an affiliate
marketing site, plus set up an information brokerage that will rock the world
for you by the end of the month AND do so all at the same time. 



 



However, you can do a little at a time.  That's what I do.  I blog and I
capture "content." The content I create drives people to my website. 



 



Content



That is a fancy way to say articles, writing, or text, if you will.
Content is the thing that just tickles the fancy of the search engines. 



 



Once I had a lady take a huge piece of content I had just written and
slice it up to Reader's Digest style.  While I understood her purpose, it was
wrong for the 'net.  The search engines crave to see words and information.  The
internet information seeker, product purchaser actually craves to see as much as
they can about the subject.  So, toss out concise writing when you consider
working in the internet world of searching and seeking information.  
It's different than when you develop your professional website.   However,
a word to the wise:  If you want your professional notary website to be
noticed by search engines, put lots and lots of content in it.  Four pages
will not cut it for great response on
Google.com

.



 




Affiliate Marketing



What is affiliate marketing?  It's an arrangement between you and a
place like Linkshare.com where you (the website publisher) can slip links into
your website which will drive people from your site to a product. 



 



For instance via affiliate marketing you can sell printers, computers,
any number of items.  I have links which hook into Overstock.com, and my dear
notary friend, there's not much you cannot find at Overstock.com!


 



Lots of good stuff notaries need as well as the public at large.  If you
want to purchase a great book on this subject, take a look at Jim Martel's
Affiliate Marketing Handbook. And, if you were to decide to purchase it, just be
aware, I will make a percentage from it.  This is how affiliate marketing brings
money back to you.  Every product you sell from your site will yield a bit of
revenue.



 



Affiliate marketing online is
a big, big deal and a real way to make money online.  I
personally used Jim Martel's techniques for getting search engine recognition
and it's paid off for me. I cannot seem to get into affiliate marketing like I
should because I like to "talk" to the people that read my newsletters and blogs. 
With affiliate marketing you need to be more of an article writer. 



 



My main purpose in life is to be independent and to be happy and have
joy.  Writing a "conversation" out for you makes me feel good. 



 



Therefore, I am happier making money off of my
Google.com

ads and
writing as a niche marketer with publications I feel good about telling you to
purchase.  I won't endorse something if I cannot figuratively look you in the
eye and say, "try it."


 



There is a world of information at your finger tips on
how to work from home or make money online.  Hopefully, I have given you
some ideas on what's out there that I believe is worthwhile to look into.


 



Just remember, you did not become a great loan signing
notary in two days and the other things are similar.  There is not a magic
bullet that will send you soaring over to party with Donald Trump by engraved
invitation. 



 



Off Topic Health & Home 



DISCLAIMER - DON'T TRY ANY OF THESE HEALTH AND
HOME REMEDIES ON MY OWN RECOMMENDATION - DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST!  USE AT YOUR
OWN RISK.



 



TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com recommends:
Do you ever get really bad
indigestion?
  I was starting to and I began to take a product that I purchase at
Wal-Mart for $6-$7.  The brand I take is Rexall, and it's called "Multi-Enzyme
Supplement."  I am sold on this like you would not believe.  Seriously, if you
get heartburn, pick up a bottle of those and take them according to
instructions.  My mom has started taking them also.  If you are like me, you'll
find that this will be a cure. 



 



TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com
recommends:
Fels Naptha Soap



Back when our parents were growing up there was a product put out by
dial called Fels Naptha Soap.  The Queen of Clean has revived it.  Pick up a bar
of it at Kroger's and try applying it to underarm persiration and ring around
the collar.  Let it sit before you wash. 



 



If you really like to save money (and have a touch of the "potion maker"
in you) let me send you to a website which has a recipe for making up a great
batch of problem solving soap for your laundry.  It's cheap and it has four
ingredients (1) Fels Naptha Soap (2) Washing Soda (3) Borax (4) Water. 



 



I keep this stuff made up and wash with it often.  It will make your
whites whiter than they have been in awhile - especially if you add a little
bleach or non-chlorine bleach.



 



TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com recommends:
Borax for Men and Boys (Laundry)



I had boys. Sometimes that young "manly" smell does not get out of the
clothes like it should.  It will make the house smell like a locker room. 



 



Since I inspect apartments I can always peg the kid who is not getting
his clothes clean.  It hits me like thick nostalgia -- I remember my sister
gagging on our vacation to Mexico with me and my boys.  (She did not have
boys.)  We were riding
around in Cancun with two thirteen year olds "reeking" (to her) even after they
just got out of the shower.



 



We had left our Borax at home.  I made the boys rinse off with a
little borax in water on occasion.  It's a natural freshener.  Borax (and/or the recipe mentioned above) will eliminate that smell in your
sons' closets and bedrooms.  Wash their clothes in it.  Always. 



 



Just for good measure sprinkle some borax around
and let it sit in there before you vacuum.  You'll be able to enjoy the way the
house smells again when it's really clean.  It's only a few bucks to pick this
stuff up.  Just try it and you'll remember "fresh" smells so good.



 



TRIED AND TRUE TexNotary.com
recommends: 
Tea Tree Oil -



 



I started a new job at the Small Business
Development Center
in Bryan-College Station, Texas.  Had not been sick
for years, but first rattle out of the box,  I had
fever and sinus infection.  I was out of my stand-by remedy--my trusty peroxide
for gargling.  I spied my Tea
Tree Oil bottle which I used once to kill germs around the windows in my house
where the dogs lay rather than using bleach. 



 



I began to gargle with water laced with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil.  I
also inhaled it over a steaming bowl of microwave boiled water.  It nipped my
little ailment in the bud within a couple of days.  Especially the aromatherapy
part. I would get instant relief from that.



 



Since then I have begun to use a few teaspoons in my dishwater and my
"fine washables" laundry, items, as well.  It kills germs without having to
reach for the clothes staining bleach or running the dishwasher for a few
dishes.   



 



Try a half teaspoon in a quart of water when you shower and rinse off
with it - it gets you
really clean!  It kills germs and has been recommended as an alternative to
deodorant. 



 



It also kills fungal infections such as athlete's foot and overactive
candida.  Caution - some may be very sensitive to this product.  By
the way, I buy mine at
Wal-Mart. 



 



Flea repellant usage - some say that a few drops on the dog collar will repel fleas.  Just be
careful how you use it on that notary dog.  Make sure they cannot lick it.  I personally prefer
Lavender Oil on
my dogs. Turns them into mobile deodorizers and keeps the fleas at bay. 



 



REPORTED TRIED AND TRUE: 
Borax for fleas
- Haven't tried this for fleas but I hear from Di Ramey, a notary
in in North Texas, that it's a miracle cure for fleas in a house.  Put a cup of
borax in a blender and mix it up until it is power.  Grab a big old power shaker
or a large salt shaker and shake it well into the carpet.  Leave it overnight. 
Vacuum up.  You'll kill fleas and deodorize your rugs. 



 




GOT A HOME REMEDY THAT'S A TIME AND MONEY SAVER?  LET ME KNOW...SEND IT
TO BRENDASBLOG@GMAIL.COM . I'll give you blog space and we'll all learn something
from you!  I love trying these things.  They work and they are cheaper
by a long shot.