Advantages of 123notary.com - Geography.
(1) 123notary.com goes the extra mile by organizing listings by both county and
subcounty wherever possible. Sub-counties are the smaller areas within a larger
county. Some state counties are overpopulated with notaries, so search results are
made more efficient by dividing each county into its smaller areas. That way, when
you're looking for a notary, you can find a notary closest to where you need them.
(2) 123notary gives you many options: you can find a notary by city, county, state,
and zip code. When searching by city, you can choose only to show notaries within
that city, or you can broaden your search to the entire county.
(3) We modified our zip code search so that the search radius automatically adjusts
itself to the area. Zip code searches in congested areas - like Los Angeles or New York City - will show notaries within a six
mile radius; zip searches in less congested areas will show notaries within an eighteen
mile radius. We made this adjustment so that searches bring up a reasonable number
of choices across the board: not too many and not too few.
(4) Looking for bilingual notaries? Now you can search for signing agents by language.
About Us Commentary from Autumn 2007
Jeremy Belmont created 123notary.com shortly after the dot-com bust of 2000. Jeremy
originally created 123notary.com to assist him in advertising his own notary services
in the Los Angeles area. The site proved itself to be a powerful tool, and Jeremy
decided that it would be useful to other notaries.
The site gradually branched out from being exclusive to Los Angeles notaries, to
including surrounding counties. A few months later, the site grew to include all
of California. It was then that Jeremy said to himself, "think big - go nationwide."
After a few more months - and many negotiations with programmers - 123notary.com
began to serve the entire nation. The problem how to populate all states with signing
agents. Jeremy and co-workers started a campaign, calling signing agents all around
the country and convincing them to join 123notary.com. Together, they brought many
great signing agents on board (the hard way). Since then, 123notary.com has had
over 10,200 members sign up and is currently home to 4500 notaries and signing agents.
Over the years, 123Notary has changed a great deal. With each change, 123Notary
become more refined and more useful.
Cities - In 2001, Jeremy catalogued every city and county by hand for 123Notary's
directory. Each city is associated with the county it is in, and these associations
were recorded by hand - a long, and arduous process. In the end, 123Notary is the
most robust notary location tool on the internet.
Neighboring counties - On each listing page, there is a list of neighboring
counties - this feature is well-liked amongst our users. Identifying and recording
each neighboring county was a difficult task.
Placement options - Eventually, it became apparent that many notaries wanted
"fixed" placement for their listings - they wanted to know exactly where their listing
would show up in a search. Jeremy devised a formula so that pricing would be based
on the supply and demand of each area. Top positions in lower demand area are inexpensive,
and top-placed listing in competitive areas cost more - this pricing scheme is more
fair for competition-sake.
Additional counties - Many notaries list themselves in additional counties
outside of their home area. However, these additional listings would interfere with
the locals in those other areas. So, as March of 2007, if a notary lists themselves
in an additional area, they are given low placement by default. This way, notaries
do not have an unfair advantage over notaries outside their home area.
Zip radius - 123notary.com used implement an eight-mile radius for all zip-code
searches nationwide - notaries within eight miles would show up in the first tier
of results. Searches in higher populated areas, however, yielded far too many results
and many users prefer a more focused search result. In rural areas, on the other
hand, there were too few search results. To solve this problem, we assigned a different
search radius to each area. It was a difficult task to sort through each of the
one thousand zip code prefixes and assign them each a radius by hand.
The forum - The 123notary.com discussion forum was created in 2004.
Jeremy predicted that the forum would not gain popularity quickly, and he was proven
correct. In order to remedy the situation, Jeremy discovered new and innovative
ways to promote the forum. The forum is now becoming more popular as a result of
The future - 123notary.com will continue to innovate as time passes on. Expect
to see new features, designs, and offerings on 123notary.com in the near future.
Archives from 2001 - 2002
Growing Pains: 123Notary is going National!
Our California Locate-a-Notary service has been a phenomenal success. What else
could we do but go national?
We are adding more states to the service as more notaries register. We have decided
to concentrate on the Western states for now.
As of March, 2002, 123Notary.com is available to notaries in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Soon we will be
Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. If you are a Notary Public
in any of the states mentioned, our site is an excellent way of marketing your services.
What's Special About 123Notary?
As a traveling notary in the Los Angeles region, I have long felt that other notary-search
websites were inadequate for the needs of both notaries and customers alike. Since
the beginning, I have been determined to create a more effective site.
To see how 123Notary works, click on "Find
A Notary" on the left-hand side of the page and then click "New Jersey". Users can find a notary by CITY, COUNTY, or area. Users can also find
bilingual notaries on our convenient bilingual notary pages.
Note: If you click on the name of a city, you will be forwarded to the county that
city is in. 123Notary expects that the notaries listed for that county will be able
to serve all the entire county.
Advantages of 123Notary: Geography
Sites that allow the user to search by city generally find too few notaries, while
sites that allow the user to search by county generally find too many listings.
123Notary compromises between these two options. 123Notary begins by dividing each
state into counties (or other large regions). When there are enough notaries registered,
123Notary subdivides each county into smaller areas.
To help users find notaries in counties with lower populations, 123Notary provides
a list of neighboring counties on each county page. Similarly, for counties which
are divided into smaller areas, 123Notary lists neighboring areas on each page.
Advantages of 123Notary: Bilingual notaries
123Notary keeps track of all notaries who speak languages in addition to English.
123Notary generates a page of all of the bilingual notaries for each county. The
bilingual page for a county is accessible from each county's (or area's) main page.
We have a wide selection of bilingual notaries in Arizona, California, Florida,
New York, and Texas, among many other states.
Interesting Pages to Visit on 123notary.com
Certified signing agent
Most popular keywords in 2011
The keywords that are most popular on 123notary keep changing over time. This year,
notary public NYC, notary public Virginia, notary
public Florida are three of our most popular terms.
What have we been up recently
In 2004, we created a directory about acupuncture for acupuncturists and acupuncture
patients called www.123acu.net. You can find
an acupuncturist who specializes in one of over fifty specialties in any part of
the United States, and other countries too.
In 2007, we created an outsourcing directory for companies who wish to outsource
business processes and web design to companies in other cities or foreign countries.
In 2010, we devoted a lot of time to populating and developing our outsourcing directory
Maintenance of 123Notary's current design is provided by its webmaster, Mitch Wooley
of E-Marketing Associates, (626) 444-9111. The internals of 123Notary were originally
created by Peter Belmont, (718) 596-2648.