More Info on Using Google Sitemap with WordPress.com Blogs
Google Sitemaps has been updated to offer site statistics if you’ve verified your blog. The verification method requires either uploading and html file to the website root directory or placing a specific meta tag in your HTML HEAD element to prove that you are the owner of the website. Both of those methods of site validation are not possible for users of WordPress.com because you do not have the ability to edit the HTML template.
I was asking Lorelle of Lorelle On WordPress to see if she had any suggestions for a workaround and this is what she had to say on the subject matter:
Honestly, if you have a WordPress.com blog, then skip submitting your sitemap. WordPress.com’s pinging service gets you totally into Google. Focus on creating intrasite links between your posts, use Most Recent Posts in your sidebar, and choose a Theme with good intrasite links well-featured, and you don’t have to bother with this. Google finds you and crawls WordPress blogs REALLY well. Submitting a Google site map would be redundant, and could penalize you.
Be sure and create a body of work, about two to three months of consistent blogging before you do a search on Google to find out how many posts it has found. Usually they are found by Google within hours, but you make it into the page ranking through time and volume.
As for verification, I didn’t have to go through that when I wrote this article and submitted my blogs. This may be a new feature. All you should need is to follow the instructions above.
As for meta tags, some WordPress Themes include meta tags in their Theme’s header. Check your source code to find out if they do. If they didn’t, understand that few search engines even pay attention to meta tags any more, so they aren’t the SEO feature they used to be. Too many people abused them.
Pings are the way to go and you can get much more mileage to know who WordPress.com pings and how to ping other search engines and directories.