I've tried this more times than I can count, and my site won't verify. I've followed the documentation in the support section with only a few exceptions because it looks like google changed a few options. Here's what I'm doing:
Added site to Google's Webmaster tool
Selected Alternate Method
Here's where google's site differs. Your documentation states to select " Add a meta tag to your site's home page" however that isn't one of the options on Google's site. I have 3 choices under the alternate method: HTML File Upload; Google Analytics; and Domain Name Provider.
If I select the Recommended Method tab instead of the Alternate Method, then I get the meta tag info you show in your documentation. I copied the bold section (everything after the "content=" part of the html string.
I go to Tools in WordPress and paste the content value into the slot for google under Webmaster Tools Verification.
I save the changes and click back to google's webmaster tools page. I hit verify and says it cannot verify the site. I've deleted and re-pasted this code multiple times. Refreshed and saved each time. Nothing works.
The content value that comes up for me is surround by double paranthese instead of single, like in your example. Mine also includes a space and / before the >. I even tried changing the double parentheses to single, eliminating everything after the parentheses, and a few other variations. I didn't expect them to work, but I couldn't figure out what the problem was.
Can you let me know what I'm doing wrong?
The blog I need help with is veganfunandtasty.com.