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Reader Challenge Roundup: Pillar Articles

Reader Challenge Roundup: Pillar Articles

By Pat Flynn on

It’s amazing what a little challenge can do to help people accomplish something great.

A pillar article (for those of you who don’t know) is a particular type of blog post that can also be described as epic, monumental and comprehensive. Usually a longer tutorial-style post, a pillar article goes above and beyond to provide the best and most detailed information about how to accomplish something. This kind of post is a deadly piece of ammunition in a blogger’s arsenal because it can drive massive traffic, easily become viral and drastically raise the value and authority of the blog and its owner.

I’ve recently written about how my own pillar articles have helped my brand, and in that post I had offered the SPI readers a challenge: to publish your own brand new pillar article. I also asked you to send me the link to your pillar article so that I can list it here with all of the other submissions so we can all see what kind of killer, useful and helpful content we all come up with.

And the results were amazing!

Below, you’ll find a list of all of the pillar articles that were submitted to me (in the order received) from all different kinds of niches covering a massive variety of topics. If we estimate that on average each author spent about 4 hours writing their post (this is a generous number, as I’ll sometimes spend 8 to 10 hours putting together a pillar article), this means that below you’re looking at a total of about 200 hours of actual writing time.

A lot of effort and heart were put into these posts, so to all of the participants I say:  job well done! Many of you even emailed me thanking me for the “kick in the butt” to finally take action (you’re welcome!) and some of you even told me that because of the posts you’ve written you’ve seen more traffic and comments than ever! Now that’s what I’m talking about!

I don’t expect you to read all of the posts but scroll through and find one or two (or more) that peak your interest.

Side note: this is a perfect example of why the title of a blog post is so important. No one will read your awesome content unless you have an awesome, attention-grabbing headline to go with it.

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10 Tips to Not Get Treated Like a Tourist

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How to Research an Internet Marketing Niche: THE Ultimate Blueprint

The Top 10 Work at Home Jobs for Moms, Part 1

How to Choose a Profitable Niche Topic

How to Find Your Absolutely, Positively REAL and TRUE FICO Credit Score. Seriously.

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Passive Income GamePlan: 12 Steps to Designing Your Muse

How I Made My First Sale in Exactly 30 Days

10 Simple Steps to ‘Thought Leader’ Status in Your Niche!

How to Make Money Selling Your Own Products

The Must-Have Action List for Event Marketing…with an emphasis on social networks

How I Grew My Blog

The Great Wine Experiment (Plus: Find Out If You’re A Super Taster)

Why Your Body Is Intelligent & Doesn’t Need You!

Groceries: The Pantry Principle

Why & How To Create Your Posting Schedule 3 Weeks in Advanced

Running Multiple Blogs, Earning 6 Figures, Working Less Than 40 Hours – A How To Guide To Financial Freedom

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Church Website

Eight Ingenious (and Profitable) Niche Site Ideas

Depressed but Fighting: How to Overcome Depression

The Beginners Guide to Being Self Employed

How Tim Ferriss Took Me to a Jets Game with Gary Vaynerchuk

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6 Traits of a Great Dad

How to Build a Niche Site in 0 Hours

Campaign Sign Laws

Foam Roller Exercises – Everything You Needed to Know

Desperate’s Guide to the Airport

20 Simple Steps To Improve Your Finances Next Year

How to Recover from Addiction: Case Studies Highlight Specific Techniques that Lead to Success

The Ten Secrets of Successful Timesharing

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The Definitive Guide to Mobile SEO

How to Blog with your Smartphone

How to Wake Up Early with Enthusiasm

The Ultimate Non-Designers Guide to Branding

The Definitive Guide to Staying Productive and Motivated

All of the articles are great, however there are a few true gems that really go above and beyond the call of duty here. I’ll let the commenters share which ones they feel are worth a second look.

I was going to have you vote on your favorite and choose a “winner”, but I don’t think it would be fair because of the different niches and the general attraction of my readers toward blogging, make money online and webmaster type articles. So instead, I have randomly selected an author of one of the articles as a winner of a $50.00 Gift Card, on me.

Congratulations to Brad from!

The Next Reader Challenge

I loved the results of this challenge so much that I plan to make this an ongoing thing on the blog to keep “kicking you in the butt” and getting you to take action (and hopefully see some results too).

Every “roundup” post like this one will contain the next reader challenge, and here it is:

You have until the end of February to write a list post.

A list post is a simple. It’s a post that lists a number of something. For example:

List posts are wildly popular in the blogosphere, and for good reason. As bloggers, they are fun and easy to write. As readers, they are easy to read and memorable. On several top blogs, you’ll see that many of the most popular posts are indeed list posts.

I recommend scanning through 10 Steps to the Perfect List Post first. After you publish your post, send me a link and I’ll publish it here on SPI sometime in March. Again, a lucky random contributor will win a $50.00 Gift Card from me.

I’m hoping to get at least 100 submissions this time around, so think about your post and take action!

Thanks again to all participants, and please feel free to leave any comments about which of the pillar articles listed above deserve some extra attention.


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