The Referral Cookie
Your referral code is stored in a browser cookie. Meaning if the user clears the browser cookies, uses private browsing mode (which does it automatically), deletes the cookie manually, or uses a browser that does not support or store cookies, you will not be accredited the user.
This cookie system means that if a user clicks on your link, navigates away and comes back with a different link, your referral code is still stored on their browser and you will be accredited that user.
This cookie will be stored for 30 days. Meaning if the user takes longer than 30 days to come back and sign up, you will not be accredited the user.
This cookie is not updated every time your link is clicked, so if a user clicks your link on day 1 and then day 15, your cookie is only valid until day 30, not until day 45.
The first cookie is the only cookie that is stored. If a user clicks your referral link and then someone else's to sign up, you will be accredited the user, not the someone else.
If a browser logs into a Zestyer account, the cookie is cleared, as the user already has a Zestyer account. The user must enter your referral code or click your link again to save a new cookie.
If there is no cookie in the browser, the user has the option to enter a referral code.
The referral code can only be entered at sign up. Diners cannot enter their referral code or be claimed by an affiliate once they are signed up. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances.
Although we provide you with the link to send diners to, the referral cookie will save on any page. If your referral code is "referralcode" and you send the user to https://zestyer.com/about/?ref=referralcode, the referral cookie will be saved. The only criteria is that you send them to a page that is publicly accessible (viewable without being logged in) and that the URL has the ?ref=referralcode at the end.