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Marketing tip: get your address found by Google Maps

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I notarized a Will/POA/Living Will package for a couple yesterday.  I love these because witnesses mean lots of signatures to notarize and 4 people I must administer oaths to.  ($160 cash on the spot and they came to me)

I always ask new clients how they found me.  They used a way no one had said before:  Google Maps.

They entered their address into http://maps.google.com
Then they hit the "business" button and entered the word notary.

I did a search and saw that the information came up in the format I used when I entered my info on Yahoo yellow pages.  Yahoo and other online phone directories get their data from InfoUSA.

This was a wakeup call for me: it is now important to not only submit our website addresses to google, have an address on websites, but we must make certain to submit that address to InfoUSA as well. 

I didn't enter my home address.  I entered the address I use when people come to my office for notarizing.  (2 blocks away from my home.) Think of what address you might use for your listing.

In the 4 years I've listed this office address, I have never had a problem with people just showing up wanting notary work.  They always call ahead because they want to know the price and/or think they might need to make an appointment.  I head off people calling around to get low prices by stating that the fees are set by my state and are used by all notaries here.  Once they hear that, they want to set an appointment. 

Here are the urls for submitting your info:
http://www.google.com/addurl/
http://dbupdate.infousa.com/dbupdate/yahoo1.jsp

Good luck!
Laura Vestanen

Comments(2)

Jimmy McCall
JimmyMcCall.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant
Thanks for the info Laura.  Looks like I will be doing some updating today.
Jan 31, 2008 03:44 AM