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Jim Boykin

Jim Boykin

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Jim Boykin has been actively involved in SEO and Internet marketing since 1999. Jim's knowledge and experience have made him one of the most respected and referenced SEO's in the industry and his passion for innovation and growth has led his company, Internet Marketing Ninjas, to become one of the world's leading online marketing firms. Jim is also the owner of leading Internet marketing community Threadwatch, the Cre8aSiteForums, the Developer Shed properties, and Webmaster World.


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A brief biography of Jim Boykin

Jim Boykin is the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas (formerly We Build Pages). Born and raised in Upstate NY, he has built a reputation as an expert and thought leader in the SEO industry. In the last few years Jim has been recognized by the Business Review as one the Top 40 Leaders Under 40, and listed as one of GSINC's Top 40 Most Influential People of Search in 2007. Jim has also been featured in local and national publications like Examiner.com and Forbes. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Better Business Bureau and the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.

Jim's blog was nominated for a SEMMY in 2008 and was named as the “Best Link Building Blog” by Search Engine Journal in 2006 and 2007. Recently though, blogging has taken a back seat as he spends more time traveling and speaking on SEO.

Over the course of his career Jim has presented at more than 50 events worldwide. His conference credits include SES, SMX, PubCon, Affiliate Summit, ExpOn, Hostingcon, and WebMasterWorld among others. He has also served as a PubCon Advisor and is a member of Internet Marketers of New York (IMNY). Jim's areas of expertise include, SEO, Tools, Link Building and The Panda Updates.

Jim first launched We Build Pages in 1999 as a one-man, web design company. However his natural inclination toward Search Engines led the business to develop into one of the world's most well-known link building agencies. In 2011, the business re-branded to become Internet Marketing Ninjas and began offering several new services and enhanced versions of existing services.

Now, with a staff of nearly 100 Ninjas, the CEO, spends his time training, consulting, speaking with clients, and traveling the world speaking and networking. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Jim travelled the country working in National Parks, where he discovered a deep admiration for the natural beauty of the world. He also developed a love of talking to people and a profound appreciation for great customer service.

When Jim isn't staying at the office until 2:00am he enjoys spending time with his two sons and seeing live concerts. His eclectic musical tastes range from Barry Manilow to Iron Maiden. Jim also enjoys giving back to the community by getting actively involved in supporting local causes.

Internet Marketing Ninjas has also won the Business Reviews award for Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for 2011 and 2012.

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Jim's Upcoming Speaking Events

Pubcon Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

October 6th - 9th 2014


Previous Speaking Events

Affiliate Summit East
New York, New York

August 10th - 12th 2014

ClickZ San Francisco
San Francisco, California

August 11th - 14th 2014

Pubcon New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

March 18–20, 2014

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Industry Testimonials

WeBuildPages Review of WeBuildPages' link building services.
Michael Gray (Graywolf), Graywolf's SEO Blog

Aaron Wall (SEO Book) say's the following on WBP Alexa rating for webuildpages.com: I write a popular blog and book about search engine optimization. I spend most of my time tracking the latest news and have little time to work on client work. Having said that, I get a ton of leads from people wanting me to work on their site. I don't have enough time to do that though. Not wanting to risk the brand I worked so hard to build, it took me a while to find someone trustworthy enough to send leads at. At a recent SEO conference not 1 but 2 people came up to me and thanked me for referring them to Jim Boykin. It is pretty rare in the SEO field to get thanked in person by strangers that you only met via email, and that shows what a great job Jim does.
Aaron Wall of SEO Book and Threadwatch

I have known Jim Boykin for 5 years. His techniques during any given year are literally 5 years or more ahead of what anyone else is doing. I have also found him to be brilliant, reliable and generous. In the online world where we have all found many people to be untrustworthy, he is one guy who I really trust, and call my friend. FYI, Nobody asked me to write this. Much Love,
dk from Purpose Inc (& a San Diego Chiropractic)

I gained some insight into the practices of our industry's foremost link development consultants. I was able to see for myself that these guys are for real and they've done a good job of consolidating theory with evidence and thereupon manifesting best practices for link development.
Abhilash, SEO Blogger and Link Ninja


From Jim's Linkedin profile, Industry Testimonials

"Jim and the WeBuildPages are the best (and only) organic SEO firm to which I recommend people. Go with Jim if you want top rankings, otherwise, good luck!"
Andy Hagans, Andy Hagans Link Building

"Jim Boykin is a great example of a determined entrepreneur and a true "live and breathe" SEO. From the free tools to the conference photos on the WeBuildPages site and his excellent blog, Jim has been a generous supporter and advocate of the search marketing industry. He's also one of the few people that "get" SEO.
Lee Odden, President, TopRank Online Marketing and Online Marketing Blog

If you've ever heard Jim speak at a conference there's no doubt he's on the leading edge of the Search Marketing arena. He delivers top notch advice, ideas, and strategies, without needing to resort to trickery or selling "snake oil". He should be on every company's short list of people to talk to.
Michael Gray, Owner, Atlas Web Group Inc. and SEO Blogger Graywolf

Jim is one of the brightest minds in search marketing. He is always at the top of the industry with ideas to get clients top search rankings. I highly recommend him and have enjoyed working with him over the last 4 years.
Patrick Gavin, President, Text Link Ads Inc. and Blogger on Link Building Blog

Well known in the industry, long time link builder, and good guy.
Barry Schwartz, President, RustyBrick, Inc. and Search Engine Roundtable and Search Engine Watch.

Jim is one smart, reliable and very down-to-earth guy - although being hell busy (as you can imagine for such a top SEO) he always gets back to my e-mails in time, so working together was very smooth so far. I appreciate all his insights and posts on his weblog - having a beer or two with Jim exceeds what you would learn in a 15 days conference IMHO . This guy knows his stuff! kudos!
Christoph Cemper, Owner, CEMPER.COM

Jim and WeBuildPages are a firm I consistently refer people to for great link building and targeted SEO campaigns in a wide variety of markets. Always professional, always reliable and very friendly - great to work with all around.
Rand Fishkin of SEOMoz

As one of the most knowledgeable guys in the SEO community, Jim is an asset for your organization. Couple his knowledge with his ethical practices, attention to detail, creative thinking, and SEO tools, and Jim and the entire WBP team are a force to be reckoned with. We had very positive results with Jim and his team, and would highly recommend him for work in the online marketing industry.
Greg Hartnett, President, Best of the Web

Jim has exceptional dedication to his work and to the people that he works with. That unique work ethic becomes abundantly clear in the form of solid, consistent results. I thoroughly recommend Jim and his team to anyone seeking optimal performance for their website, since Jim's prodigious experience encompasses practically every facet of internet marketing.
Darrin J. Ward Founder, SEO Chat / Google Dance

Jim has a well earned reputation as an online marketing consultant. Aside from his personal ability he has successfully built his company to be one of the most sought-after agencies in the industry. I would have no hesitation in giving my full recommendation for Jim or the WBP team
Nick Wilsdon, Owner, e3internet

Jim is a well established member of the SEO community and is highly respected. He has offered his knowledge on numerous occasions and I would recommend him to anyone in need of bettering their search presence.
Truman J. Hedding , Vice President Search Marketing at Boulevards New Media

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Jim Boykin's Posts
25 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

How to Promote a Blog Post on Social Media #JimAndAnn Show

Once you publish an article, your job is not done! You need to invest at least 30-40 minutes in the basic social media sharing tasks which we’ll discuss today! Do your homework: Share your blog post like a PRO Ann is sharing her social media marketing technique: Immediately after you publish a blog post, share it on social media. It’s recommended to share (not schedule first) because you’ll be able… [Read More…]


21 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

Millions of Ashley Madison Accounts Are on the Web Forever #JimAndAnn

The news broke a couple of days ago that Ashley Madison, the social media site for cheating, had been hacked and that its who database of users was released to the web. Jim Boykin and Ann Smarty are discussing of possible consequences of the hack, its impact on Internet marketing and online privacy. Ashley Madison hack is likely to be the biggest news of this year. The files include account… [Read More…]


20 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

How to Become Twitter Superstar: Jim & Ann Show #JimAndAnn

How do you build your following on Twitter? One of the most widely-used ways to build your following on Twitter is to mass-follow lots of people, then unfollow those who didn’t follow back and then follow more… I gained 100 new followers this week… And next week I'll loose 98 of them when I don't follow them back. — Jim Boykin (@jimboykin) June 23, 2015 While this method is really… [Read More…]


18 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

Got a Marketing Email Like This? RUN! #JimAndAnn Show

Last week we talked about weird leads and today we’ll talk about other interesting emails we receive. We receive service pitches daily at Internet Marketing Ninjas and some of them are actually dangerous, so we’d like to discuss a few here and urge you to stay away from dealing with companies like that. Here’s the full video discussing 3 dangerous email pitches with some notes and links following below: “More… [Read More…]


13 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

How Much Income Will I Get if I Rank in Top 5: From Weird Leads #JimAndAnn

Welcome to this week’s edition of our “weird leads” series where we discuss some of the funny leads we are receiving here at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Please watch the two previous ones: Acquire 300-400 Good-Quality Links Guaranteed Rankings + PR7 Links Here’s another one: The Lead: …can you tell me approximately how much income I will get for best gaming mouse keyword, if i will rank in top 5 results??… [Read More…]


11 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

Domain Authority (DA)? Toxic Links? Never Trust the Numbers! #JimAndAnn

Google PageRank bar has been worthless for years and there are a few other companies that are indexing the web to give us the valuable information on backlinks (thank you so much!). They are also trying to come up with their own scores of each link they index. The biggest players are Moz, Majestic and aHrefs We love the tools and applaud them all for trying to come up with… [Read More…]


06 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

Guaranteed Rankings + PR7 Links: From Weird Leads Series @ Jim and Ann Show

We continue featuring some of IMN leads we’d like to publicly respond to in order to educate our community a bit. Please watch our previous video in the “weird leads series”: “Acquire 300-400 Good-Quality Links” Here’s another one: The Lead: Hi, I am looking for a company that specializes in achieving Top Website rankings with guarantees. I am looking for a definitive strategy to achieve a PR7 (or better) and… [Read More…]


04 Aug 2015
Jim Boykin

Acquire 300-400 Good-Quality Links: From Weird Leads Series @ Jim & Ann Show

From time to time, at Internet Marketing Ninjas we receive what we call “weird leads”, those that are hard to reply to in a serious way. In the sort series of videos we’ll be addressing those weird leads. Here’s the first one: The Lead: Hi, my name is XXXX XXXXX, I’m currently looking for a reputable service that can help us to increase our link structure. We own several sites… [Read More…]


31 Jul 2015
Jim Boykin

Google Panda Recovery: Panda 4.2 Solutions (Part 3) @ Jim & Ann Show

If you’ve been hit by Panda, there are various specific solution on how you can recover. Note: take our 2-second survey to download a free copy of Ninjas’ Panda Whitepaper! Please watch our previous two Panda episodes: Google Panda Update Explained: Panda 4.2 (Part 1) Jim & Ann Show Panda 4.2 (Part 2) Signals You Should Be Looking at: Jim and Ann Show We are covering the solutions as well… [Read More…]


30 Jul 2015
Jim Boykin

Panda 4.2 (Part 2) Signals You Should Be Looking at: Jim and Ann Show

Please take our 2-second survey to download a free copy of Ninjas’ Panda Whitepaper! We’ve talked about some click-through and bounce rate signals Google may be analyzing to get an idea of how well a web page serves a user. It’s only logical to assume that these signals may be used in Google Panda algorithm as well: Pogosticking Not every bounce is bad… When a user clicks on a search… [Read More…]


29 Jul 2015
Jim Boykin

Google Panda Update Explained: Panda 4.2 (Part 1) Jim & Ann Show

We are very familiar with Panda updates because we’ve seen plenty of them and Internet Marketing Ninjas have been helping clients hit by Panda for ages. Note: take our 2-second survey to download a free copy of Ninjas’ Panda Whitepaper! Panda 4.2 Unlike all the previous Panda Updates, this one came unnoticed: Website owners are having a bad time seeing any impact even after the official announcement. Google has been… [Read More…]


21 Jul 2015
Jim Boykin

Watch Indepth Google Penguin Talk at Jim & Ann Show

A Google representative Gary Illyes confirmed last week that Google Penguin would take a few months to be updated. That means it will be at least a year (or more) between the last year’s and this one. @mrjamiedodd No. Penguin refresh is months away — Gary Illyes (@methode) July 11, 2015 (Penguin 3.0 in 2014 also took more than a year btw) By refreshing Penguin once a year, Google is… [Read More…]


15 Jul 2015
Jim Boykin

How to Ask for a Link to Stay within Google Webmaster Guidelines? Jim & Ann Show

Today we are discussing links, not building links but requesting links.. Last week Portuguese Google Webmaster blog published an article where it was said that you could not ask for links. Our community picked it up and started actively discussing it… A few days later Google re-phrased that saying that you could not ask for links which violate Google Webmaster Guidelines. While the whole statement is up to various interpretations,… [Read More…]