I've found a partner who has translated my English site into Russian and it's doing fine. "Translating" is really a misinterpretation because after the initial translations he has built the site to his own vision just barely using my original vision as a template.
I have another site which I think would be financially viable in the Russian market. I don't want to use a translator, I want a partner who will add Russian value to the the translation. Any ideas where I should look / advertise for such a person?
The partner I have at the moment has a full time job as well as updating the site. He appears to be very busy so I don't really want to encourage him to divert his efforts away from the existing site.
I think you're right in suggesting I go down the personal recommendation route. I have very little knowledge of the language the site will be translated into, so I need to trust the partner to a high degree. I can't check their work (except by SERPS results) and could easily be led up the garden path.
The thought behind my original post was that I could cut costs by using a partner living abroad. Pay in Russia is a lot less than here. The lure of using cheap labour keeps nagging at the back of my mind. But maybe "cheap" won't equate to good results.