Do I really need a website?

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I guess that would depend on to whom you are wanting to market your services.  Are you trying to grab the attention of consumers who are looking for a mobile notary? Are you wanting to be easily found by Title, Escrow, or Lenders who are looking to find a Notary Signing Agent in your area? If you answered yes to either of those questions then you just answered the question of whether or not you need a website.

The vast majority of people are online every day.  I know when I am looking for anything, I first search the internet. Don't you? Of course you do, you are a smart and intelligent person.

There are ways to have a web presence, which is actually a one page website, without a full fledge multi page website.   Some of the notary directories offer you a free website when signing up.  With some directories your profile page becomes your website, others offer you 1 to 4 pages that you can personalize.  For expample my profile here on Active Rain is www.activerain.com/abovesigning

Here are a couple of other profile pages I have with other directories; www.gogetnotary.com/get/laura_underwood and www.unitednotaries.org/abovesigning. If I wanted to list these as my website I certainly could do that. These are the two directories that have helped me the most with questions, writing my profile, etc.  I would recommend you check into them.  http://www.gogetnotary.com/ and http://www.unitednotaries.org/. Of course there are others out there as well.

 One of the best things about using these profiles is that they are generally included in your membership fee.  A traditional website can be expensive, especially if you don't want to create it yourself.

Don't be afraid to enter your profile page as your website if you don't have a traditional website. 

So now the answer to the question you might be wondering "Does she have a "real" website?" Yes, I do:)  And yes, I have actually received work from companies and individuals who have found my site during an internet search.  If you want to take a look visit http://www.abovesigning.com/  

I will write more next time on how I set my website up and hopefully eliminate some of the fear of developing a website.  Because believe me, if I can do it anyone can!

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Joyce Heffner-Williams
Keller Williams Clients' Choice Realty - Monument, CO
Owner/Broker/EcoBroker - Monument Real Estate
Websites are important to me and people in my area of Los Angeles...
Aug 22, 2007 03:58 AM #1
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Ginger Magoon
Remax - Bryan College Station - College Station, TX
Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate

There are a couple of agents that do very well in our office that do not use a personal website.  However, I think it is extreamly important.  I suggest you go to www.immagepro.com  ver inexpensive to set up (under $100)  and inexpensive monthly charge.  If you or anyone reading this decides to use it pleas let them know Ginger Magoon ref. you........Thanks, Ginger

P.S.  I use it.  If you want to see my site go to www.gingermagoon.com

Aug 22, 2007 04:01 AM #2
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Laura Underwood
Above the Line Signing - Knob Noster, MO
Missouri Certified Notary Signing Agent
Troy: I am a believer in them.  People generally want to learn about a company or person before making personal contact.  Thanks for commenting!:)
Aug 22, 2007 04:02 AM #3
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Sharon "Toni" Brown
Exit Realty United - South Ozone Park, NY
South Ozone Park - New York City Real Estate

When prospecting I couldn't imagine not having a business card with a website on it.  Most people think you are not serious about your business when you don't have a website. 

Aug 22, 2007 04:02 AM #4
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
For a Notary Signing Agent, I would think that marketing directly to lenders, mortgage companies, title companies, etc. would be important.  A web page directed to them would seem to be effective.  The time is here when folks go to the Internet to find products and services before looking in the Yellow Pages.
Aug 22, 2007 04:07 AM #5
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Laura Underwood
Above the Line Signing - Knob Noster, MO
Missouri Certified Notary Signing Agent

Ginger: Thank you for the site you referenced.  It is good to have several to choose from.

Sharon (Toni):  Thanks for commenting! I agree with you 100%.

Aug 22, 2007 04:08 AM #6
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Richard Thewissen
ERA Realty Pros - Stonington, CT

comming from the IT field and being around various businesses, its not really an option these days. You really do need a web site. once you do have your web site, the fun really beings... lots of work promoting your site!

Our company has a very good web site. However it is shared by all of the agents in the office and you only have one section with your profile. With my web site, I've isloated the viewer to only see me and not the other agents, which (I hope) will encourage them to contact me instead of another agent in the office.

Aug 22, 2007 04:16 AM #7
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Laura Underwood
Above the Line Signing - Knob Noster, MO
Missouri Certified Notary Signing Agent

Lenn:  Absolutely!

Richard: It is great you have the IT background!  I don't, so I am "learning as I go."  But it is so much fun.  You are definitly right about the loads of work after you create your website!

Aug 22, 2007 04:25 AM #8
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Laura Vestanen
Bellingham, WA

You are right, Laura.

I get over 90% of my new clients via my website.

Aug 22, 2007 04:37 AM #9
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Laura Underwood
Above the Line Signing - Knob Noster, MO
Missouri Certified Notary Signing Agent
Laura: That's great!  I am only at around 50% so far for new clients. But I set up the website toward the end of last April.  It takes time to get it visable.
Aug 22, 2007 05:24 AM #10
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Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY
Even to those that do not know how to create your own website, try to get help and do-it-yourself, but if you still feel that is too much, find someone that can create a website for you.  If you are uncomfortable with anyone you find locally in your area, go outside.  Although I created my own website, anyone that knows how to create the website should be able to create it & put it up on the web, no matter if they are local to you or not.  In today's market, it is VERY important to have a website.  Many people search the internet first, before contacting anyone for services.  If you are not there, some may never find you!
Sep 03, 2007 05:24 AM #11
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Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

You must have a website in 2007!!  If you are in almost any type of business in the US you need a website or your labeled as a person who is not a "business person."

I figured out I needed a website in 2003 and if you think 2007 has decreased the need, than you shouldn't be in business.

I can't say a website with get you notary/loan signing business but the lack of one is a "killer."

http://www.joanbergstromnotarypublic.com

 

Sep 03, 2007 04:30 PM #12
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Nov 10, 2007 02:29 AM #13
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Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

No one NEEDS a website, but of course, that DOES attract more business.

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