Cudmore’s post started a great conversation with nearly 100 likes and shares. Since the title is a problem with no solution, many people in the comments (including the author) suggested a number of solutions.
A key takeaway from Cudmore’s post is that you can’t expect to build a single piece of pillar content (a single skyscraper) and expect to get on the first page of search results. It takes multiple pillars, a whole city of SEO skyscrapers.
SEO has cumulative, long-term effects when you build enough skyscrapers to be an authority in your space. Then you’ll see the exponential results of a higher domain authority (DA) and higher positions on search engine results pages (SERPs).