Jim Boykin is the founder and CEO of an internet marketing company called Internet Marketing Ninjas (IMN). The company started in 1999 as We Build Pages in the basement of Jim’s home. It has since grown to become a full service internet marketing company and was rebranded in 2011 to Internet Marketing Ninjas. Today, Internet Marketing Ninjas employs nearly 100 ninjas.
Jim was born and raised in upstate New York and since starting his company has built a reputation as an expert in search engine optimization (SEO) and internet marketing in general. In the past few years, Boykin has been listed as one of GSINC’s Top 40 Most Influential People of Search, and was recognized by the Business Review as one of the Top 40 Leaders Under 40. Boykin’s blog was also named as “Best Link Building Blog” by the Search Engine Journal in both 2006 and 2007, and was also nominated for a SEMMY in 2008. The SEMMY’s are an awards event held to honor great content in the online and search engine marketing industry. Along with the awards and recognitions listed previously, Jim has been featured in both national and local publications including Forbes and Examiner.
Along with running Internet Marketing Ninjas, Jim speaks at events worldwide; in fact he has presented at more than 50 events around the world. Boykin’s conference speaking credits include SMX, SES, PubCon, ExpOn, WebmasterWorld, Affiliate Summit, and Hostingcon, among others. Jim has also served as a PubCon advisor. He is currently a member of the Better Business Bureau, the American Marketing Association, the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Marketers of New York (IMNY).
Prior to starting Internet Marketing Ninjas, a full service internet marketing company, Jim was a student at Rider University where he majored in Marketing and Political Science. This is where Jim discovered his knack for working with computers as a computer consultant in the school’s computer lab. After college, Jim spent some time traveling around the United States working in various National Parks. While traveling around the US, Jim developed an appreciation for the natural beauty of the world and also discovered his love of talking to people.
Now, with a staff of close to 100, Boykin spends a good deal of time consulting with clients, training, and traveling the world to network and speak at conferences. While Internet Marketing Ninjas offers a full range of internet marketing services, Jim’s specific areas of expertise include the Panda and Penguin updates, SEO, link building, and internet marketing tools. In fact, Internet Marketing Ninjas offers a number of free SEO tools on their website. Some of the featured tools available through Internet Marketing Ninjas include the on-page optimization tool, image and link analyzer, social image resizer tool, and the find broken links, redirects and site crawl tool. These are just some of the free SEO tools offered by IMN.
In addition to owning Internet Marketing Ninjas, Boykin owns a number of other websites and online communities. He owns the Developer Shed network of sites including SEO Chat and DevShed. Boykin has also acquired WebmasterWorld and Cre8asiteforums. When not working late into the night, Jim enjoys spending time with his two kids and going to see concerts. Boykin also enjoys supporting the local community and is actively involved in supporting charities and local causes.