A few months ago, my contractor changed my blog publishing from dynamic to static and converted my dynamic index page into a multi-page static index ... but he only! kept 20 index' sub-pages, with 10 posts on each. His motivation to keeping 20 only was that it takes too long to rebuilt all 600 + sub-pages (as I have over 6K blog posts), and no one would be paging beyond 10-20 pages anyway. While I may agree with him from the usability point of of view, I've now realized that he effectively took out the other 580 sub-pages of the index. All of those sub-pages contain internal links to individual blog posts, and these links are gone now.
I suspect that limiting the Index to 20 static sub-pages only has greatly affected my traffic as I've seen it sliding ever since. I've also noticed (- in Google Webmaster tools) that the number of indexed pages has reduced by around 40% since, but because it happened gradually I didn't notice it right away.
So it looks to me that I lost blog posts that were previousely indexed by Google and I lost links to those posts? I wonder if going back to dynamic index will get my traffic back? The only other place where these blog posts are linked in from the Archive page. But it may not be sufficient to get ranked, I guess, vs being linked from the Index page ...?
Am I right in my assumptions? What would you recommend to resolve this?
Edited by Jill, 19 July 2014 - 03:50 PM.