Name: Dan Casey
Role at Thrive: SEO Specialist
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Pets: We went to our local rescue and picked up our little guy named JAX. He is mixed with what we think would be a Vizsla and a Dachshund. He really just looks like a giant Dachshund.
When did you start at Thrive? October 2018
How did you get started with SEO? I originally started by learning how to code and made a couple of websites. After I made my first couple of websites I soon became more interested in the process of making those websites more popular. I wanted to make these websites show up on a search engines results page in the first position of every keyword possible. This was the spark that led to the flame!
I think I really enjoy SEO because I look at it almost like a game. I find it fun to figure out our new techniques and new ways to get around an ever-changing algorithm.
What are some of the things you love about being a Thriver? The team camaraderie. Everyone here is very supportive and can help with any question you may have be it technical knowledge or giving fresh ideas for strategies. Even though we may be primarily a remote team we are in constant communication with one another. We use an internal messaging system and are always in different video chats/meetings. I feel closer to this team than I have in the past working in the desk/cubical setting.
What’s your favorite Holiday? Christmas. It is one of the holidays I get to see family and friends that live out of town. This time of the year always seems to bring lots of joy.
If you had one extra hour of free time a day, what would you do with it?
I would play more sports. Right now my wife and I have been playing Touch Rugby with a team here in Jacksonville. I would like to incorporate some tennis throughout the week as well.
Tell us about something you really want right now. It can be anything.
A desk treadmill to go under my desk. A couple of months ago I purchased a desk that allows me to stand. This is a great feature! My next major investment that would affect my everyday lifestyle is a walking treadmill for under the desk. I think it is important to invest in items like this that will have long-lasting effects and can help improve your health.
Thrive is sending you to live abroad for a year, and you can choose anywhere. Where are you going?
It’s a toss between New Zealand, Australia, and Spain. I am a massive rugby fan and have played for years. I have a lot of friends that I would like to see and explore the world in the south pacific areas while incorporating more rugby, culture, and activities. I have also spent some time in Europe and have always wanted to go to Spain.
What was your favorite candy to get in your Halloween bag when you were a kid? What would it be now?
Twix was my Favorite, now it is Crunchy. Yup, the old school square. The rocky road of chocolate. Crunchy.