How to delete AffiliateWP's cookies from your browser

AffiliateWP stores two main browser cookies in order to track affiliates (as of version 1.7.7 AffiliateWP stores a third cookie - scroll down to the bottom to read about it). Their names are:
  • affwp_ref - this cookie stores the affiliate ID
  • affwp_ref_visit_id - this cookie stores the visit ID (the visit ID increments by 1, each time any referral link is used until the cookie expires or is deleted)
Alongside each cookie name is a "value". For the  affwp_ref cookie this is the affiliate's unique ID (i.e. 123), and for the  affwp_ref_visit_id cookie this is the visit ID. These values can help you identify which affiliate is being tracked, and show you how many visits  have been made to your website through affiliate referral links  in total (all affiliate referral link visits are counted as one total).
When testing, you should clear the cookies AffiliateWP stores to simulate a new customer visiting your website for the first time via an  affiliate referral link (i.e. http://yoursite.com/?ref=123). The cookies need to be cleared in order to store new information in the browser; such as a different affiliate’s ID, or to create a brand new visit to test the process from start to finish. 
Below we walk you through you how to delete AffiliateWP’s cookies in three popular browsers so you can test AffiliateWP is working correctly.

Firefox

Follow these steps to delete the AffiliateWP cookies from Firefox:
With Firebug
  1. We recommend installing the free Firebug developer extension for Firefox - you can download the extension and follow the installation instructions here: https://getfirebug.com/downloads
  2. Once installed, click on the Firebug icon in your Firefox browser menu, or go to Tools in the top menu bar, select “Web Developer” -> “Firebug" and click "Open Firebug"
  3. Visit your product page or website via the affiliate referral link
  4. Click on the “Cookies” tab - the two cookies should be visible in the Firebug window
  5. Click on the affwp_ref cookie to select it, and then right click - choose “Delete"
  6. Click on the affwp_ref_visit_id cookie to select it, and then right click - choose “Delete".
Without Firebug
  1. Visit your product page or website via the affiliate referral link
  2. Go to the Tools menu in the top menu bar, scroll down to “Web Developer” -> and click on “Developer Toolbar”. This will display a toolbar at the bottom of your browser window
  3. In the toolbar, type “cookie list” and press Enter/Return on your keyboard - this will display a list of the cookies on your website
  4. Look for the affiliate ID cookie (i.e. affwp_ref=123) and click the “Remove” button. A command to remove this cookie will appear in the toolbar. Click in the toolbar and press Enter/Return on your keyboard to complete the cookie deletion
  5. Again in the toolbar, type “cookie list” and press Enter/Return on your keyboard - this will display a list of the remaining cookies on your website
  6. Look for the visit ID cookie (i.e. affwp_ref_visit_id=1) and click the “Remove” button. A command to remove this cookie will appear in the toolbar. Click in the toolbar once again and press Enter/Return on your keyboard to complete the cookie deletion.

Chrome

Follow these steps to delete the AffiliateWP cookies from Chrome:
  1. Visit the product page or website page via the affiliate referral link
  2. Go to the View menu in the top menu bar and scroll down to the "Developer" option
  3. Click on “Developer Tools"
  4. In the “Resources” tab, open the “Cookies” drop-down menu in the left navigation menu and click on the name of your website - the two cookies should be visible in the right-hand window
  5. Click on the affwp_ref cookie to select it, and then right click - choose “Delete"
  6. Click on the affwp_ref_visit_id to select it, and then right click - choose “Delete".

Safari

Follow these steps to delete the AffiliateWP cookies from Safari:
  1. Visit the product page or website page via the affiliate referral link
  2. Go to the Develop option in the top menu bar, and click on “Show Web Inspector"
  3. In the “Resources” tab click on Cookies in the left navigation menu - the two cookies should be visible in the right-hand window
  4. Click on the affwp_ref cookie and press “delete” on your keyboard
  5. Click on the affwp_ref_visit_id cookie and press “delete" on your keyboard.

Campaign tracking cookie

As of version 1.7.7 AffiliateWP stores a third cookie for affiliate campaign tracking. The name of the cookie is   affwp_campaign. If you wish to change the campaign name when you are testing, this campaign cookie will need to be deleted as well. Follow the exact same steps as above depending on the browser you are using.