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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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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 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
26 Aug 2014
Jim Boykin

Google Penguin Penalty Removal Can be Guaranteed… But Recovery Can Not.

For most companies, there is nothing worse in the world that can happen to your website than having it hit with a Google penalty. To loose from 30 to 98% of your rankings, for months on end, can be devastating. People are searching in Google for “Google Penguin” or “Google Penalty” or “Penguin recovery services”, etc, and then they’re seeing several Google ads, and organic listings for services such as…

24 Jul 2014
Jim Boykin

How to Get Out of Google Penalty Hell: With Jim Boykin

Below please find the adapted script: Welcome to our today’s Internet Marketing Ninjas show. We are talking about Google penalties with Jim Boykin, the CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas: about all kinds of fun things that Google does to us that we have to deal with… How to identify a penalty? Jim: With the manual penalty, that’s fairly easily to tell: You are going to go to your Google Webmaster…

11 Jul 2014
Jim Boykin

New Google Quality Rating Guide: Reputation and Expertise Get Hotter!

Here’s the summarized adapted script of the video: Thom: We are hanging out with Internet Marketing Ninjas today and we’ve got Jim Boykin, CEO Internet Marketing Ninjas, Ann Smarty who in charge of communities and social for us. My name is Thom Craver. I’m the field development and IT. And are wonderful guess today is Jen Slegg, search marketing consultant extraordinaire.. Welcome and thanks for joining us! Jen has been…

28 Aug 2013
Jim Boykin

Part 2: John Mueller and Jim talk Disavows – The lost transcripts.

On Monday I did a post about John Mueller’s responses on my questions concerning Disavows. I found 2 other times in that discussion that were not mentioned in my original post, but I felt were worth noting to the public. The first has to do with the Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide put out by Google in 2008, where the example Google gives of a “good link” sure looks un-natural and…

26 Aug 2013
Jim Boykin

John Mueller’s responses to my questions about Disavows.

Below is Part I Part 2 is here, The lost transcripts, Part 2 to John Mueller and Jim talk about Disavows. Part 1 This morning I attended the live Google Hangout with John Mueller. I’ve been watching the recording of these for several months now, and I decided that I wanted a chance to ask some questions myself so this morning I was able to join in. There were several…

25 Jul 2013
Jim Boykin

Jim’s State of the Ninjas Address (edited for public)

Yesterday I took all the ninjas on a picnic and I delivered a “State of the Ninjas Address”. I thought I’d publish some of the parts of my speech to the public. Good morning everybody. I am privileged to be able to lead the finest Internet Marketing Company in the world – Over our 14 year history we’ve been through many changes with what we offer, and how we offer it….

18 Jul 2013
Jim Boykin

New Free Tool, the Google Backlink Checker Tool for Penguin & Disavow Analysis

We have a new Free Tool for everyone – the Google Backlink Checker for Penguin & Disavow Analysis I’m happy to announce today that we’re releasing the first of our free Backlink Analysis tools which are designed to help analyze a websites backlinks in order to find patterns that will help you know which links you might want to consider disavowing through Google’s Disavow Tool. We have 4 copies of…

15 Jul 2013
Jim Boykin

Analyzing and Disavowing – The Sound of Silence

The past few months I’ve been doing a lot of link analysis for doing Google Disavows for websites. With Penguin now penalizing site for unnatural links, and with me speaking often about Penguin at conferences, and me being “the link guy”, a lot of companies have been coming to us for solutions after they’ve been hit by Google’s Penguin Update, and now they need to perform a Disavow and/or a…

01 Jul 2013
Jim Boykin

Ted Ulle’s Last Teachings on WebmasterWorld.

Every day for years Tedster was helping people in Webmasterworld.  I was looking at some of his words that he wrote on his last day posting.  Every day he offered great advice, but reading the last pieces of advice he gave, there’s some messages here…  Below is some great advice from Ted on his last day posting in WebmasterWorld on June 6th 2013. First, understand that it’s impossible for anyone…

23 May 2013
Jim Boykin

Historical Importance of Backlinks – Flashback to 2005

I was thinking of Penguin 2.0, and wondering how much historical backlink data can effect a site…for better, or for worse. The Brands who knew shit about seo, and did shit for seo, and got their ass kicked for years in rankings, are now the lucky ones as google has turned the tables …because if it smells like you have some history of SEO, then you might have a negative…

07 Mar 2013
Jim Boykin

Pubcon New Orleans 2013 – 10% Off & Free Ticket Contest

At the office we’re starting to get excited about going to Pubcon in New Orleans on April 23-25. I also have 1 Free Gold Pass ticket, and a 10% off coupon for everyone else! To get 10% off just use this offer code on the registration page: im-4269810 (Code Expires on April 1) I have a Gold Pass that I’ll be giving away within a week. So, if you want…

04 Feb 2013
Jim Boykin

Internet Marketing Ninjas Hires Chris Boggs as Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Boggs, the Chairman of Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO, INC), and former Director of Search & Media Thought Leadership Team at Rosetta, has joined Internet Marketing Ninjas as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Clifton Park, New York – Internet Marketing Ninjas, Inc. (IMN), a leading online marketing company, named Chris Boggs as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Boggs will be working closely with the leadership team to help…

22 Jan 2013
Jim Boykin

IM Ninjas Purchased and Advanced SEO Book from Gab Goldenberg

I’m excited to announce that Internet Marketing Ninjas has purchased and the rights to Advanced SEO Book from Gabriel Goldenberg. PR: Jim Boykin, CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas (IMN) and SEO/author Gabriel Goldenberg announced the purchase of Goldenberg’s website, SEOROI.COM, and the publishing rights to Goldenberg’s book, Advanced SEO Book, by IMN. This announcement comes on the heels of several other acquisitions by Boykin and his company. “It feels…