How the Free websites and forums are make money while they are giving free service
Profit Through Advertising
Profit Through Data Collection
Selling Data – Ever noticed that several websites ask you to accept their cookies policies before you start browsing? It is very easy for the websites to get complete data of the users. For example, if you are contemplating buying a new car and are comparing models of 2 cars on a website, imagine how important your details would be to a local car dealer. I am not trying to say that all websites sell user data, but it can be one revenue channel.
Some still don’t – There are several other platforms which still don’t have a revenue model. They keep focusing on growth and believe that where there are people, there is always direct of indirect revenue streams
Source – askans.in