What is the Difference Between a Pillar Page and a Landing Page?

Explore the strategic nuances between pillar pages and landing pages. Learn how each type serves a unique purpose in your content strategy, impacting SEO and conversions.
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Welcome to the dynamic world of website content, where each page plays a unique role in not just attracting visitors but also transforming them into loyal customers. In digital marketing, understanding the nuances of your website’s pages is paramount, particularly regarding two fundamental types: pillar pages and landing pages.

Imagine your website as a versatile tool designed to captivate your audience. Some pages act as powerful magnets, drawing in visitors with rich, informative content and establishing your site as a primary resource in your field. These are known as pillar pages. On the other hand, certain pages function as welcoming hosts, presenting irresistible offers to visitors and seamlessly guiding them toward making that all-important decision. These are your landing pages.

In this blog, we’ll delve deep into the essence of pillar and landing pages. We’ll uncover what makes each type stand out, how they contribute to the overall success of your website, and share practical tips for crafting pages that resonate with your audience. Whether your goal is to climb the search engine rankings with your blog content or convert your product page visitors into leads and, ultimately, customers, grasping the distinct roles of these pages is critical.

In today’s content-driven digital landscape, every aspect of your website, from the word count and keyword integration to visual elements and calls-to-action, must be strategically aligned with your marketing goals. Content may be king, but its reign is only effective with clear objectives guiding your inbound marketing strategies.

As we embark on this journey, we will discuss the specifics of pillar and landing pages and highlight the key differences between them. Understanding these differences is the first step in harnessing the full potential of your website and steering your digital marketing efforts toward measurable success.

Let’s begin this explorative journey and unlock the full potential of your website, one page at a time!

What is a pillar page?

A pillar page is usually an ungated long-form content piece that acts as the center for exhaustive information about a broad main topic on a single page. It provides helpful internal links to detailed pieces of related content on specific subtopics mentioned in the pillar page content. 

You can create many types of pillar pages to boost traffic on your website. For example, you can create a 10x pillar page like Wine Folly on a broad topic like “What is wine?.” This is an ideal example for inbound marketers to understand pillar pages. 

Best Practices for Pillar Page Content

  • Conduct thorough research (competitor and keyword) to understand how well others have covered a topic and the keywords they have used. 
  • Start from zero and create an extensive topic cluster covering all the subtopics of the core topic. 
  • Include a table of contents on your pillar page for easy navigation, a better user experience, and enhanced search engine indexing. 
  • Use a healthy mix of short-tail and long-tail keywords in your content. 
  • Answer all the questions related to a search query in your content. 
  • Make your pillar page shareable by giving direct share links to popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. 

If you need inspiration on creating a pillar page for your website, here are 21 high-converting pillar page examples to help you get started. 

What is a landing page? 

A landing page is a web page showcasing an offering (product, service, templates, or information) to collect visitor information (name, email, phone number, etc.).

Best Practices for Landing Pages

  • Keep your landing pages easy to understand and navigate. Distribute your CTAs evenly across the page. 
  • Craft engaging copies that hook visitors with emotive and action words loaded with keywords. 
  • Focus on creating a visual experience for your visitors to maximize the chances of generating leads. 
  • Employ technical on-page search engine optimization for better visibility in SERPs. 
  • Include only relevant hyperlinks to useful product pages and related blog posts. 
  • Ensure your landing page is easily shareable on social media platforms to maximize ROI. 

Marketers use both pillar pages and landing pages in their content strategy. But isn’t the goal of both these pages to generate leads one way or the other? 

Let’s find out. 

The difference between pillar pages and landing pages

The answer to ‘Are pillar pages and landing pages the same?’ is no, they are not. Each has its own way of engaging visitors and achieving the end goals. The following are the key differences between pillar pages and landing pages.  

targets for pillar page topical authority and landing page leads

Purpose

A pillar page aims to build your brand’s authority on a specific topic, whereas a landing page aims to generate leads for follow-up marketing campaigns. 

Word Count

Pillar pages are generally text-heavy (more than 2000 words), while landing pages only contain short-form copy and CTAs.

word count of pillar page vs landing page

Design

The UI/UX of a pillar page looks like a long blog post with visual elements for quick access and to break complex ideas into easy-to-understand images. Focusing on pillar page UI/UX enhances the user experience and helps them derive maximum value from the content. 

example image of design of a pillar page from typeform.com

Example image of design of a pillar page from typeform.com

A landing page is a website page with advanced UI/UX integrating design elements that attract visitors and nudge them to take the desired action. The goal of landing page UI/UX is to inspire visitors and make them perform a specific action.  

example image of design of a landing page from shopify

Example image of design of a landing page from Shopify

Stage of the buyer’s journey

A pillar page almost always targets buyers in the initial stages of their journey (awareness, consideration). On the other hand, landing pages can be adapted to fit all the stages of the buyer’s journey.

stages of the buyers journey

For example, landing pages that offer an ultimate guide on something as an ebook download target the awareness stage, whereas pages that redirect visitors to the eCommerce page target buyers in the final decision-making stage. 

Interlinking

Another effective way of differentiating between the two types of pages is through internal links. Pillar pages are created with the goal of interlinking individual blogs or web pages relevant to the topic.

In contrast, landing pages may or may not link to different pages on your website.

pillar page interlinking

For instance, if you’re offering a DIY template download on a landing page, you may not link to any page on your website.

On the other hand, if you’re selling a product, you may link to the product’s purchase page or other related products. Generally, they link to product or service-related pages only. 

Backlinks

Over time, the organic traffic on pillar pages generates backlinks automatically, while landing pages need conscious efforts to get backlinks. There is also no or minimal backlinking for landing pages, whereas pillar pages have heavy interlinking.

Also, backlinks to pillar pages enhance your website’s SEO rankings, but backlinks to landing pages may have little effect on your SERP rankings. 

Whether you’re creating a pillar or a landing page, the uåltimate goal must be to curate an enjoyable user experience for your visitors. By now, we hope you have a fair understanding of both. Use the points mentioned above to differentiate your pillar and landing pages. 

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As we close this insightful journey through the distinct worlds of pillar pages and landing pages, remember that the effectiveness of your digital strategy lies in the details. Crafting impactful, goal-oriented pages is not just an art; it’s a strategic endeavor that sets the stage for your online success.

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Joshua Guilbeau

Joshua Guilbeau

Josh is an accomplished graphic designer and branding expert with over 10 years of experience. With a range of clients including non-profits, restaurants, colleges and universities, healthcare organizations as well as small business owners, he has created design solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and have a functional purpose. Loving father to his wife and three kids who keep him on his toes in Baton Rouge where he enjoys spending time outdoors when the weather permits or kicking back with a good book.
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