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  1. I followed the instructions on how to add them to my blog. The "code" I got was:

    google-site-verification: googlef959b400e78f8891.html

    This bears no resemblance to the example code shown. Yout thoughts?

    The blog I need help with is crispideas.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi there--

    I believe the code you copied is the one provided on the "recommended method" page. That one won't work for WordPress.com. Instead, click the "Alternate Methods" tab at the top of the page, click the radio button next to "HTML tag" and copy the code from there.

    Good luck!

    P.S. In case you didn't see it, here's the step by step guide on how to do it: http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/#google-webmaster-tools

  3. Hi ltf! Thanks you were right; I was on the recommended tab. I now have copied the correct code (woohoo!), but my problems persist. I'm such a non-HTML dolt that I can't figure out how to paste it into the site. I see in the Support forums that people talk about the "old" editor and the "BBB" editor and "edit mode," but all I see is a couple of tabs, one labeled "visual" and one "text." How do I get to the bits of HTML where I'm supposed to paste in the GWMT code? Sorry to clog the system here, but I checked the tutorials and none (repeat none) of them has a title suggesting that in this tutorial, you will find how to get access to HTML that you can edit.

  4. you can't edit html code here - but

    Dashboard >> Tools >> fill in the blanks for Google

  5. here's the exact link to the page on your site where you should paste the code you got from Google:

    https://crispideas.wordpress.com/wp-admin/tools.php

    Note you aren't going to paste all the code you got from Google--just the "content" number at the end.

  6. Hah! Call *me an English major : - D

    Let me note for the record that whomever is in charge of WordPress usability might want to write a little more carefully: The "step by step guide" to which you very helpfully referred me, thank you again, contains a section worded exactly thus (note the use of the phrases "Copy the entire code" and "paste the code"):

    Copy the entire code.

    Leave the verification page open and go to your blog dashboard (in a new tab/window).

    Open the Tools → Available Tools page and paste the code into the Google Webmaster Tools field under the Website Verification Services header.
    *
    It took a helpful and skilled user (you) to tell me "Note, you aren't going to paste all the code. How much harder would it have been to present the code using gray and bold, with the bold type being what the user should copy and paste. The instructions would be something like:

    "You'll see a line of code:

    Example: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="blahblahblahblahblah" />

    Copy only the characters shown in boldtype, and paste them . . . "

    This would help the learner know which characters to copy, though nothing will help him/her overcome instructions that are incorrect (the infamous "copy the entire code").

  7. Glad it worked out--- I'll also tag this thread for staff so they'll know the support document needs a little tlc. :)

  8. And that's why we love English Majors. I went ahead and made a (version of) your recommended tweak and it is now live!

    Thanks a million!

  9. Thanks amightywp! We non-engineers send you our best.

  10. Thank you much. Always appreciated.

    Have a great week!

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