Hint: we do not publish or share it…. Anywhere
We’ve noticed that many business owners that sign up on Bizyhood use a temporary or non-business address as their contact email. It makes sense to us – we all go out of our way to avoid spam, and directory sites have been known to pile on the spam once a business signs up!
This creates an interesting issue for us, because we don’t approve business listings when the business owner doesn’t validate their listing. We try to make it simple for the business owner while still providing some level of authenticity that we are indeed working with the owner (or authorized representative) of a company.
Typically, we ask that the owner send us an email from the business domain itself (not a gmail or yahoo account) and verify they are the owner. If a business is small and doesn’t host it’s own domain, but has a gmail or yahoo account listed on their business website as their main contact email, then we allow that.
But – we do not use your email address for anything other than verification! We do not publish it on the site, we don’t sell it, or use it in any other way. In addition – even if you did sign up to Bizyhood with your business email address, we would not publish it. We do allow consumers to contact our business owners through Bizyhood, but it’s only through Bizyhood itself. So, your email address is never exposed to consumers, even when you reply to them (unless you want to initiate a direct dialog with that consumer independent from Bizyhood.)
The only other thing we do with your email address if you sign up is we add you to the Bizyhood mailing list – which you can unsubscribe to at any time.
In conclusion, we do not publish, sell or use your login email for any purpose other than to send you weekly email digests from Bizyhood and give you a way to communicate with consumers via Bizyhood. If you still want to register with a temporary email address, we will ask you to perform Bizyhood verification of your business by emailing us from your business email, which is used for no other purpose than validation.