I am learning Chinese SEO skill first, then test all of them in Google.com , I found that, Google.com could be the highest level and the most healthy search engine on the earth. the most important for Google ranking could be back links resources, and back links take around 70% percentage on ranking.
SEO skills come from USA first ( not sure that, could be, search engine get hot on USA first ), So, English language sites more than 70% know the basic skill to optimize their site, using no-follow tag or have sense to obtain their site authority.
I will list some suggestion for English speaking but want to do Chinese SEO ranking on Google or Baidu.
Suggestion one: Try Forums, no matter signature or post on forums could be very useful now, Baidu is come later than Google, and Chinese site owner could be 50% know the basic skill about no-follow, you have good chance to take advantage of that. but you can forgot English language version forums, most of them are no-follow. I did try search housewares forums at beginning, but all back links are no-followed on signature and post content. but leave link without http://www. could be a little help for you. I am testing this one now.
Suggestion two: Try Google translation, and save as PDF format, submit it, I just try a crazy one, submit sitemap as PDF to a site! I will waiting the result to measure the effect. Most of the back links are about housewares products , So check this keyword on Google, give it at least 3 days, or two weeks, If your keywords go up, congratulations! you find one. There also could be easier to submit all URLs like me, but the only problem is that will reduce your chance to get approved.
Suggestion three: search the resources and write down or print out, analysis them carefully, the key point is make clear what kind of back links works? why them work? How them work? If you not thinking about this, You will follow and beg others Forever!
My personal goal is make stable ranking on "housewares", when you can make this one, you will know you could do more! Little by Little, more closer to successful.