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What Is a Pillar Page?

What Is a Pillar Page?

In effect, a pillar page is a hub or basis on which the cluster pages are built. It provides a comprehensive overview of a topic but leaves room for more detailed coverage of the topic in the cluster pages, which typically focus on a particular aspect of the topic, often a keyword.

Pillar pages are often longer than typical blog posts (usually 2,000 words or more) because they touch on all parts of a topic. Pillar and cluster pages link back to each other, but if the pillar page design does its job right, it becomes an authoritative source that attracts many external links.

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Benefits of Pillar and Cluster Pages

  • Increased engagement: Well-organized content makes it very user-friendly for viewers, driving up engagement. 
  • Longer session durations: Since the pillar-cluster pages are interlinked, it tends to keep visitors on the site longer, driving up engagement & page views.
  • Better signals to Google: Since pillar & cluster page groupings are so well organized, it is easy for Google to determine their subject matter and rank them. Badly organized webpages tend to be poorly ranked by Google, so content organized by topic pillars & clusters tends to get rewarded with higher rankings.

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The "Guide" Pillar Page

A “guide” pillar page strives to be the ultimate authority on a subject. It serves to establish your authority in a field or subject matter, builds your brand, & helps establish trust with a particular audience.

The guide pillar page gives a comprehensive overview of a topic that makes it an authoritative destination for those interested in the subject. It also links to related cluster pages that expand knowledge on particular aspects of the topic, often related to a specific keyword.

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The “What Is” Pillar Page

To tap into this desire to learn more, a pillar page can serve as a definitive examination of a subject — a highly useful stand-alone resource that links to related cluster pages and develops aspects of the subject in greater detail. In many ways, it is authoritative, like a guide page.

If you develop a page that matches a widespread interest and build a case for its importance, you have created a great way to drive organic traffic to your site. The traffic becomes a top-of-the-funnel flow that eventually can be won over as valued customers with the right conversion strategy.

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The “How-To” Pillar Page

A “how-to” content pillar page tells you how it is done. You can help your intended market solve problems or find ways to improve the processes needed in their job functions.

If you have a solution or tool to fix a problem, it can be worked in discretely and embraced if you have successfully addressed your customers’ pain points and offer a lot of good, useful information. Well-illustrated, step-by-step tutorials are often used in these kinds of pillar pages.

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Create Stronger Content Pillar Pages

Content marketing is one of the best ways to connect with your target audience, establish your company's authority and brand, and build the kind of trust that lets you lead people down the sales funnel to become converted customers.

One of the most effective ways to organize your content to get results is to embrace the pillar-cluster model. Some of the best practices for pillar content creation  include defining the content's goals and what you are trying to accomplish, deciding on the planned returns, and determining what you want to rank for. 

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