A client had a Wordpress website with a very plain landing page which would redirect to the "home" page once clicked. The "home" page lived under the address
example.com/home, the landing page was accessed as soon as you visited
The client asked for the landing page to be removed and for
example.com to go directly to the "home" page. Given the level of access to the site (no FTP, WP only), I initially placed a 302 Redirect on the landing page going to "home". I realized I should have used a 301 Redirect instead and quickly changed it.
Since the changes the client has noticed a significant drop in their search ranking, with
example.com not coming up anymore - even when you search the company name directly. This problem has not resolved itself over time. Even competitors with inferior PageRank values (checked with MozBar) and keyword stuffing are showing up in search rankings above them.
I am starting to think I did something incredibly wrong! Did I? Can this be fixed and how?