One HUGE pet peeve of mine is when bloggers leave comments on my posts and the phrase "follow me back if you can" or "follow me, I've followed you" or "stop by and follow me" anything to do with FOLLOW ME needs to go! People, that just turns me off. I am 90% LESS likely to stop by your blog if you have that phrase in your comment. I know this seems mean or rude of me to say this, but it's RUDE to ask for a follow from ANY blogger!!!
Why you need to drop it:
1. Leaving comments shouldn't have to do with building your blogger reader base. Yeah, leaving comments helps get your blog out there, but DON'T use that as a way to try and build your followers. Leaving comments with the "follow me back" curse (as I'm going to call it) makes your comment very non-personal, regardless of how long or how nice of a comment you write. Just drop the phrase all together!
2. It's Rude! I think I already covered that, but JUST IN CASE...people it's RUDE to ask other people to follow your blog!! What are you trying to do, build a fan base of empty follows? (empty follows = numbers in the followers, but few people actually leave comments = might as well not have the numbers!)
3. Don't follow a blog just because you want the person to follow you back. Again, this isn't how growing your readership works! Follow blogs you really care about reading. Right now I've got a HUGE list of blogs that I'm 'following', but I don't read all of them... I probably should go through the list (at some other point!) and remove the blogs I'm not reading at all. No one wants an empty follower base (or if they do, they're one of the few I think...).
4. It's just not cool. This goes along with the being rude point I made above. It's NOT cool to write comments for self gain and it's not cool to ask other people to follow your blog. HOWEVER if you actually have something useful to share that relates to the topic OR if the bloggers post has a question in it which you've answered in a blog post of your own I think it's ok to share the link TO THE DIRECT post, but again...don't do this as a way to gain readers!
I'm sure I could go on and on about this. It aggravates me a great deal. Now I will confess that I think when I FIRST started out I probably left a few comments with the 'follow back curse' in them, but I quickly realized how annoying it was to get those kinds of comments on my OWN blog so I quit using that line.