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I'm thinking to outsource SEO for my non-English site to the company listed on like elance.com or odesk.com

But I'm wondering if they really can work on the none-English site when they don't speak the language of the site.

Does the language ability of SEO company really matters for SEO itself? I'm not talking about click conversion rate or something bu purely SEO.

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First of all, forget them not being able to work on the site. It's going to be hard for you to communicate with them and tell them what you want if they don't speak English (unless you speak their language).

Second, that depends on what you want them to do. If you just want them to touch up your sites HTML, then them not knowing English shouldn't be that big of a problem. However, there are lots of other jobs that a SEO company performs, like:

  1. contacting other websites and asking for links, most of which should be English speaking.
  2. determining what keywords you are going to target, and most of the keyword are going to be English words.
  3. writing SEO optimized content, which will require them to speak English.

So, basically, it depends on what you want them to do.

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Thanks. but my question was actually other way round. The SEO company speak English but my site is not English. However I supposed your comment applies to both case equally. – chiba Apr 8 '12 at 21:51
@chiba it does apply equally. – Hamlet Apr 9 '12 at 0:21

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