I'm seeing a bit of confusion between a notary paying to list in a Directory...like this one--Notary Café.
Notary Café does NOT hire notaries. They provide a site where a notary can advertise their business. Advertising costs money, so spend it wisely on a Directory that is utilized by Title Companies and Signing Services. Key words here are: Directory that is used by TC & SS.
Having said that, be aware that there are a plethora of so-called Directories who solicit our advertising money with big promises but no action. Seems like new ones pop up all the time.
Which is the best reason for anyone who had paid to list in a particular Directory to state if they've received any 'good' business from their paid listing on a particular directory. Or did they pay and never get a call. The more business a notary receives, the better the Directory and other notaries will pay to list--making it still better for hiring parties and notaries. Which is why I mentioned earlier to 'check the SEO' to see if the Directory you're 'thinking about' gets any traffic.
There are a very few Signing Services that want the notary to pay a 'listing fee' in order to get business from them. Stay far away from these!