You'll be happy to know that Google Reader is free. So the only investment required is your time. Feed readers were invented to in order to save you time. If you do things the way I used to, you have a lengthy list of websites you visit on a daily or weekly basis. You probably click on each link to read the latest information. Oftentimes, you visit a page that hasn't been updated, so there is nothing new to read. Here's where feed readers come in handy.
With a feed reader, you can see what sites have been updated before clicking. Not only that, but you can also read entire articles right within your reader. Some, like my own site, only provide a preview of the article. Either way, you will save time by only checking the sites that have been updated and only reading the articles that interest you (if you still have to click through to the site).
There are several feed readers available but I have found Google Reader to provide the most comprehensive instructions and the best ease of use. I appreciate it's simple look. Some of the other readers are more cluttered. But, for whatever it's worth, you can always check out the other feed readers.
Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you stay on top of the latest discussion coming from the best notary forums and blogs:
- Create an account with Google if you do not have one already.
- Once your account has been created you will need to login to Google Reader.
- Read through the 3 pages on Getting Started With Google Reader.
- Still confused? Read the Common Questions About Google Reader.
- Now you should be ready to begin adding subscriptions.
Here's my subscription suggestions for mobile notary forums and blogs:
- MyNotarySource.com (RSS Feed) - This is my own website. I update it regularly with articles related to the loan signing industry including the latest industry news, additional resources, technology updates, and an occasional humorous post.
- Mobile Notary Network: Forum Posts (RSS Feed) and Blog Posts (RSS Feed) - This website quickly became the most active notary community. Great resource for both rookies and veterans.
- United Notary Association of America: Forum Posts (RSS Feed) and Blog Posts (RSS Feed) - Great people who genuinely care about you and provide loads of helpful information.
- ActiveRain: Notary Signing Agent Group (RSS Feed) - An up and coming resource that you can become a part of by joining the community. This site is updated several times a day and allows for networking with other industry professionals, such as realtors, loan officers and mortgage brokers.
- NotaryGift.com (RSS Feed) - Geoff provides a ton of helpful marketing tips, loan document tutorials and informative interviews. His site is updated daily.
- Notaryzine.org (RSS Feed) - While this site is new it already has several quality articles featured. This is another site that you can join and contribute articles to.
- Go Mobile Notary Board (RSS Feed) -This board used to be a lot more active. It still receives about 10 posts a day.
- Notary Depot Forums (RSS Feed) - This forum receives a couple posts per day.
There are many more excellent mobile notary public resources available but they don't have rss feeds (or at least, I can't find them). If you frequent a notary website that has a feed and isn't on the list above, please contact me and let me know. I'd love to add them to the list. Also, if one of your favorite resources doesn't provide an rss feed, bug them until they do. Then let me know!
I hope this article was helpful! Don't forget to add my RSS feed to your reader to continue to get the latest posts from MyNotarySource.com.
I originally posted this on MyNotarySource.com where you can find a notary in our mobile notary directory.