Hi. I'm writing even though the instructions say to handle all questions with Google or Bing, because this instruction is the very first step to handling webmaster tools with them, and the Google instructions on WordPress.com's site are confused. The instructions work until you get to the choice between "alternative methods" and "recommended methods" to get a meta tag. The WordPress instructions say to choose alternative methods, but they don't result in a bold-faced content value code like they're supposed to, but something else that doesn't even look like it and must be downloaded and then uploaded into WordPress. I tried, but I was afraid (because I didn't want to "strip out" WordPress stuff with HTML code, as some of the instructions say not to do) to upload it, because I saw HTML written on it. So, I tried to do the other alternative, the "recommended" method, which google apparently recommends when you're working with a site that links with another one (is that like an individual wordpress acccount linking with wordpress/search/etc?). It also said HTML, but this time, the code looked like the correct kind of content value code, in bold text. Plus, it was open to a copy and paste method, as per your instructions. Unfortunately I had already downloaded the other method, and I couldn't get it to function. I'm trying my best to follow the rules of wordPress.com, but the rules are very often unclear when it comes to dealing with the instructions that must be accomplished with the help of an outside site. Somebody needs to see to it that Google and WordPress.com have exactly the same set of instructions with all the same words in the same places for the benefit of people who are just trying to do this for themselves without much experience. I'm going to try Google's "recommended" method to see if it works. I hope it does, because otherwise all of WordPress's other instructions on this issue don't make sense. Thanks if anyone can help with this issue. I've written to Google too, because you said to ask them, so it's sort of like having two parents or employers who don't agree on issuing instructions.
The blog I need help with is creativeshadows.wordpress.com.