For the last 4+ years I've been reading internet marketing information (on Google, which maybe I should have been doing here instead) and then trying to put a plan into action, but with no success. I am an intelligent person and am very passionate about being successful online but can't seem to jump this initial hurdle. I've read many threads on here from people who seem to expect others to just spoon feed them a specific method without putting in the work, which is ridiculous. But putting in 4+ years of real actions and efforts, all day every day, and getting no signs of moving in the right direction is starting to weigh heavily on my mind and is effecting my life in a big way. I told my son 3 years ago that I was going to work hard and make sure that one day I could take him to Disney World. I told him this because I had already begun the process of trying and failing, analyzing, tying and failing again, analyzing again, trying and failing again.... I am a firm believer of gaining success through working hard and smart and NEVER giving up until you get what you want out of life. I truly believed that grinding it out until I hit on something that worked would make me happy and allow me to provide the life for my son that I want. But to this day he looks up at me and says "daddy when are we going to have money for Disney World?" and it breaks my f****ing heart because I'm putting in all the hard work day in and day out and I'm starting to feel like a failure to myself and to my son. For the first 2 or so years I concentrated on affiliate marketing with paid traffic sources such as pay per click etc. The first few weeks I spent reading about internet marketing, using targeted paid traffic to convert affiliate offers seemed like the most sensible angle to learn. My goal was to grind it out and learn from my failures because even though I'd be losing . money at first on the traffic, once I figured out how to convert certain offers I would have a sustainable system that relied on nothing but me and my own abilities. 2 years (I think) into this train of thought I had flushed almost 14k down the toilet and still had not been able to decipher a working method.I think part of my problem was that I was trying to use several different advertising platforms instead of trying to master one, but nevertheless, I was out of money and out of luck with paid traffic. For a while I thought I would have to save more money through my traditional offline business and then try something different, but then I started reading about SEO.The concept of SEO seemed right up my alley. Do extensive keyword research (once I learned what that was), find a niche to go after and then put in the hard work. Well, 7 months into a blog which was based around informational (non-buying) keywords, I realized that my keyword research was off.Then I started a website which targeted a "buying" keyword, which I knew for a fact because others were speaking about this particular type of keyword, but it went nowhere. Although it's open to speculation, many many people started telling me the reason for my failure on this site was because it was a "micro niche site". I had purposely targeted a micro niche because these kind of sites seemed to be doing very well at the time, but apparently I missed the boat and started my site after Google started devaluing micro niche sites, according to others. Since these first 2 SEO projects of mine, I have tried 6 or 7 other sites utilizing several different SEO strategies I had read about, but to no avail. It seems like every time I catch on to a method that seems to be working for others, Google changes its algorithm and pushes me off the face of the planet before |I can even get there.I am feeling very depressed because I have a considerable amount of success with a small local business that I run, but my true passion is succeeding in internet marketing. I should hate it by now, but I don't, it just makes me more and more determined to prove to myself and my son that I'm not one of these losers who talks about wanting something but won't do the hard work it takes to get there. I want to succeed at my passion but 4 years into my journey I have yet to succeed in any significant way. I want a long-term path to follow but can't find any traction with any of my efforts.My goal is to find something long-term, but paid traffic took my money and search algorithms seems to be evolving so quickly that it's impossible for me to find what works and what does not. I am not one to ask for help because I feel the need to achieve things for myself, but for my sake and my son's sake, I have decided to ask for help. Can somebody please tell me what the best direction is for a long-term project(s)? Should I learn how to use paid traffic or should I keep going with my SEO efforts?It's hard for me to submit this thread because I hate asking for help, but I obviously need some type of direction.