There are several reasons why people create forums. The main two are: created because they want to own their very own forum and the other being that they want to make money from it. Have you ever created a forum solely with the purpose of making a profit? And did you manage to make a large enough profit to justify the time and effort spent making and developing the forum? I've always ended up selling my forums but mainly because I'm not had enough time and haven't been able to continue running the forum. I've always made a nice profit, I managed to make a large profit with one of my general discussion forums years ago.