Topic clustering represents the next big step in SEO evolution. Gone are the days of targeting keywords and SERP parameters without any logic for the audience at hand. Instead, topic clusters enable you to create more organic content that plays off of single related topic.
For example, creating a pillar page (let’s say, for marketing) allows you to branch off into different topics that are related to the pillar. Anything that is remotely connected to the pillar you created can be considered a topic in itself (like marketing tips, marketing trends, marketing guides, etc.). This allows you to connect content with interlinked hyperlinks and rank it higher than it would otherwise be ranked.
Search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo have already implemented topic clustering as a means to provide more relevant and useful results for their users. You can learn more on topic clustering on the Tribute Media blog.
There are three different types of pillar pages: Home Pages, Pillar Navigation Pages, and Pillar Resource Pages. Below the infographic at the bottom of this introduction section you'll be able to read more about each of the different categories of pillar pages (all the while, getting a tour of how the pillar page content type works on this website).
- The Home Page and Pillar Navigation pages show the background mode style.
- The Pillar Resource Page shows the icon mode style.
- The final section shows the banner mode style.