My blog was humming along quite nicely without an archives homepage, with about 100 or so visitors a day. The blog is set up so that most people who find it via search are looking for individual pages or posts, not the archive.
When I started doing some more traditional blogging on the site, I decided to add an archives page.
Unfortunately, the page started stealing all the other traffic. Within a week, the majority of visitors were being directed towards the archive page, which is almost certainly not the page they were looking for. So I switched the settings back to get rid of the page.
Unfortunately, my traffic immediately dropped by 30%. Worse still, Home Page / Archives is still the #1 place people are being pointed towards. The good news is that they're now redirected to my real home page. The bad news is that that's probably not where they want to be.
Is there any solution here, or do I just have to wait it out? How can I help search engines point people back towards the sites they were always pointing towards before, and not the page that doesn't even exist anymore?
The blog I need help with is bangkokherps.wordpress.com.