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If you are a blogger or a writer, you have surely stumbled upon the word ‘pillar article‘. Have you ever wondered or thought about how you can define it? I bet most of the time you’ve taken the word for granted and passing over to the next lines. This is an opportunity to have a discussion, so let’s talk about pillar articles..

What Is A Pillar Article?

I define a pillar article as an article depicting all of the following:
1) Is a lengthy article which clearly, concisely and deeply explains the subject matter
2) Makes you feel that the writer has expertise in what he/she is saying and hence demonstrate an authority. The author knows exactly what he is writing about and will often share his experience or elaborate on different facets.
3) The article comprises:

  • a clear, simple definition,
  • a full-fledged body,
  • with examples and analogies
  • and/or a conclusion. (This pattern seems analogous to writing a GP Essay)

4) The content itself is very unique, wonderfully structured, well researched coupled with the author’s own writing styles. (Very much like a balanced diet with an exquisite dessert)
5) The article is evergreen – it will still be valuable for the next incoming years


Why Write A Pillar Article?

Pillar articles
1) Writing pillar articles very attractive and appealing to bloggers and hence they are willing to link-back or talk about your article with a happy heart.
2) You are not just writing an article for the sake of writing it or for search engines, but you are writing for humans, providing your readers with good, valuable content. Hence you are showing that:

3) On the whole, a pillar article lures and increases traffic

What Does It Take To Write A Pillar Article?

1) Time and energy demanding.
Writing pillar articles is NOT like writing about ‘What John Chow is eating everyday‘ or what ‘Shoemoney is doing at PubCons‘. Obviously, in addition to your own expertise, you will need to make some research. Then you will need to refine and proofread your article to make sure it is of a high standard.

For some it might take hours and hours, for others it takes days and still for some it might even take weeks. But it all depends on your personal skills, passion, experience and maturity. Assuming you have the habit of writing, I think 2hrs is just enough, else I think you need to stop blogging and start writing for Readers Digest! 🙂


2) Passion and true desire to write
If you don’t have a free will to write a pillar article, just forget about it. Better not write, than spoiling the article and your credibility.


How To Write A Pillar Article?

I think if you have a passion to write a pillar article, I don’t need to tell you how to do it. It’s like football, if you have passion to play it, you will play your own tunes – like Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo. But still, keeping in mind that not everyone is an artist, I will briefly give you some hints as follows, but these are not by any means the only aproach.

=> Choose a topic or subject which you are confident about or which you have had enough experience with.
=> Brainstorm ideas without any reading or research
=> Now go make some research if you feel the need (but whatever your skills, research is important to keep you on track)
=> Link your ideas + the one you’ve acquired through research
=> Sit down with an inspirational mind, write your article.
=> Proofread your article and come back later to make sure everything that you wrote is still making sense and is ready to be ‘published’.

Writing a pillar article is very much like writing a poem or painting. Just feel the inspiration and let the spirit guide you to write some wonderful masterpieces.

What’s Your Opinion On Pillar Articles?

Do you agree with what I’ve said? What is your approach to write a pillar article? I’m sure you might be having some more brilliant ideas on pillar articles, so please do share it..

Valuable Feedback / Comment / Review From People Like You

  1. Sayz Lim says:

    Yeah… I agree with you, writing pillar article is time consuming and requires a lot of research. Sometimes you can start by reading the book you’re interested and viewing it from vary perspective. Using some of the skills you have acquired in book/newspaper/magazines and compile it into your own articles. Good post.

  2. There is really a lot more to say about this topic these days than ever before. I salute you for speaking out on it and making your site informative. Thanks

  3. Wakish says:

    Thanks a lot Sayz Lim and King Richards!

  4. ThatsBlog says:

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  5. sparsha says:

    hmmmm understood 🙂 but why only pillar articles will be written in this way! why not all posts?

  6. Wakish says:

    thanks too!

    I haven’t anywhere said that you cannot do it for all your posts. If you have the energy, time and devotion to make it for every post, it’s would be wonderful!


  7. Kathryn says:

    This goes hand in hand with quality content. I need to be sure that there is a reason for people to visit MY site as instead of the hundreds and thousands of other similar sites on the web.

    Thanks for the nudge – I’m aiming to do at least on pillar article each week!

  8. Bangalorebeats says:

    Good article!

  9. Chad says:

    Great article. I am going to work on a pillar article in the next few weeks.

    • someone says:

      can you give the link to your ones?

  10. technewsbeats.com says:

    Good concept.

  11. jfine24 says:

    Great post! I have a question. English is my second language. My first language is American Sign Language. I have so much ideas, fantasies, and want to elaborate someone’s story but I never feel great about my grammar. I decided to study grammar again but once I started it, I feel like I knew it all. So I tried to write again, bad grammar crawls back again. How can I overcome this? What do you suggest? Is there any better and “fun” grammar book that is for me? Thanks in advance for your input.

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