We've just let go of an agency we've been using to help out with a few of our sites we've had translated into other languages. They're all sitting on relevant country TLD's, hosted in country and have been professionally translated/proof/localized.
I felt the agency we had been using were doing the type of mass submission work that could be potentially damaging, and they didn't seem to be paying any attention to my requests to slow things up and focus on quality. So now, the task of covering the SEO basics has fallen to my mono-lingual self.
I had noticed the best work from the agency was provided by students. I've been researching this for a while and not come across any student freelance 'hubs' (if such places even exist).Does anyone have experience of tapping into student networks for this type of non-technical work before (e.g. article distribution/press releases/blog comments/submisisons)?
It's actually a very good question, however not one I can answer of the bat.
Personally we've used students to do some work for us and it worked out great. I do felt that they needed a little more guideance than say an agency, but it worked out fine in the long run.
I don't have any international place to send you to, but getting in touch with local people is absolutely the way to go. Many countries have boards, communities or "water coolers" where you can post job opportunities. The trick is to find them and be able to post in a local language.
Not much help I know, but I think you need some local help to make it happen - try posting the Commecial Exchange here.