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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 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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ClickZ Live New York
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March 31 - April 3, 2014

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August 10th - 12th 2014

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August 11th - 14th 2014

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October 6th - 9th 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 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
17 Oct 2012
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I bought Webmaster World, and I’m building a better Ninja Dojo – by Jim Boykin.

See the official press release here. Below is my story of everything that’s transpired over the past few months, leading us up to the WebmasterWorld announcement. Over 10 years ago I joined WebmasterWorld (WMW) with the username JimsThoughts, and it was over 9 years ago that I attended my first Pubcon conference and was able to first meet in person, those at WMW who I have been learning so much…

04 Oct 2012
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Kim Krause Berg Joins Ninjas & Jim Buys the Cre8asiteForums.

A few days ago, in case you missed it, we announced that Kim Krause Berg (Founder of Cre8asiteForums) has Joined Internet Marketing Ninjas, and that that I bought the Cre8asiteForums. Kim also posted an “official notice” on the Cre8asite blog. I’ve been having several communications with the community members…in admin/moderator areas…in private chats, on facebook pages, on Twitter, etc……and through my Introduction to the community post in the public forum….

07 Sep 2012
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Kris Jones – Chairman of Internet Marketing Ninjas

Last night we put out a press release that Kris Jones has joined Internet Marketing Ninjas as Chairman. There are some things in official press releases that aren’t said…and I’d like to say a few of those things here. I’ve known Kris for years, and I always had a lot of respect for his company (PepperJam) which he built up into something “Great”, and later sold for some ungodly sum…

10 Jun 2012
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Developer Shed News: Founder of SEO Chat, Darrin Ward, Returns

*I’m re-posting this, we had a blog crash, and lost info from wed-fri on the blog…this was originally published Thursday Night.* Darrin Ward, the Founder of SEO Chat, Comes Back. ….Like I said a few days ago, I was the second member to join SEO Chat, and Darrin Ward was the founder. I’ve been friends with Darrin for years, and when I started talking to Ziff Davis, my next call…

03 Jun 2012
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I bought the Developer Shed Network – by @jimboykin

A few weeks ago, something I had wished for, for years, came true when I bought the entire Developer Shed network of sites … and I’m so excited! Where do I start?….Well, back in 2002, my buddy Darrin Ward had created a Google Dance Tool to alert people when Google was Dancing (updating). Towards the end of 2002 Darrin also started an SEO forum called SEO Chat (today a Developers…

26 Apr 2012
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Google Search Terms of Interest, Penguin Update, Is Google God?

Google’s Penguin Update, and some Jim ramblings about search terms of interest and asking if Google is God…. I was doing some reading last night when I came across the url, the site that was selling payday loan links within spun content that didn’t make sense that was mentioned by Matt in his post about the Google Algorithm Update, now named Penguin…or the Google webspam update…. I then ran that…

25 Apr 2012
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Ideas on the Google Over Optimization Update from WMW

When ever there’s a big Google update, like the Over Optimization / Webspam update that going on now, I tent to head over to webmasterworld and read what SEO’s are saying…yea, a lot of time it’s noise…but it’s the gems that keep me focused on reading through everything..and tonight I found a few gems there. I just went though about 120 comments from the new thread there on the Google…

25 Apr 2012
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Buying Spamming Links to Penalize Sites by @jimboykin

I couldn’t decide if I should call this post Can You Penalize a Site in Google buy Buying Spammy Links to it? or Getting to #1 by banning everyone above you. Last week, some people decided that they didn’t like Dan Thies (even though I’ve always thought he was a great guy….his book Search Engine Fast Start was required reading for our ninjas for years…and I’ve learned a lot from…

25 Apr 2012
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Advice: Google Over Optimization Webspam Update

Jim’s thoughts on the Google Over Optimization Webspam Update Google’s updating, look for a few minutes, then get back to work. The sky really isn’t falling, Google’s just going through some growing, and we might have to feel some of the pains. Lee point over to Matt Cutts, where Matt mentions: …we are constantly working to improve our algorithms and scoring. Some changes are hardly noticed at all. Some changes…

29 Mar 2012
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Lucky Number 13, Celebrating, Traveling and Still Dreaming

This past Sunday was our 13th anniversary of the day I bought 2 urls… and … so we just had our 13th birthday as a company….yea!!!!! So normally, a 13th anniversary would call for lace, fur or some other textile…. I’m not into curtains or table cloths, so instead, in honor of “Lucky Number 13” I’m taking 40 of my ninjas to Las Vegas for a long weekend. In…

15 Mar 2012
Jim Boykin

New Free SEO Tool by @ninjasmarketing – The Check Image Sizes, Alt Text, Header Checks and More Tool

Hello Tool Lovers! Today we have another neat Free tool that we just released in Beta mode called, “The Check Image Sizes, Alt Text, Header Checks and More Free SEO Tool“. In addition, today we also upgraded the Find Broken Links, Redirects, and Google Sitemap Generator Free Tool. Here’s what the new Check Image Sizes, Alt Text, Header Checks and More Free SEO Tool does. You just enter in any…

01 Mar 2012
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Link Rot – and the Most Amazing Free Tool to Find and Fix Broken Links by @jimboykin

There are diseases on the web that you don’t want to get, and if you’ve had a website online for years, or if your site links to other sites, then there’s a great chance that you’ve caught some Link Rot… it doesn’t sound nice, and it’s really not nice to have too much link rot on your site for several reasons… the biggest one being that it could be costing…