How To 'Fly' Your Way Into This Fresh, And Insanely Popular, 11.1 Billion Dollar Niche

Filed in Niche Market Ideas by on October 30, 2015

RC DronesYou've probably accepted the fact that...

The general tech and gadget niches are way too competitive.

You can't just jump in and try to cover every single angle because there's already huge multi-million dollar tech sites.

You need a smaller niche.

Well today is your lucky day because we're going to slash, dash and dissect a niche that literally popped out of no where.

This high-tech niche was literally non-existent in the market before 2009.

Now, this fresh niche, is a multi-billion dollar market that is only going to increase in popularity

The niche in question is.....RC drones and helicopters!

In this niche report, you'll learn the details you need to dominate the RC Planes and Drones niche.

With action and the right mindset, you will not only be able to take a piece of the profit that this niche but you'll also obtain done-for-you research about your potential audience so you know how to serve them, where to find them and what sorts of content turns them on.

We'll reveal how much money is being spent, why it's profitable, what products are being sold the most so you can get an idea of what you can do for your potential audience.

You'll discover what the most popular content is, who the most influential people are, the most popular social media hubs, blogs and forums.

All of the reports that we create are thoroughly researched and designed to give you a head start in making a profit from the niche.

We try and choose niches that have a wide range of different business models available but the vast majority would make perfect blog / authority sites monetized by affiliate marketing.



Introduction to RC Planes And Drones:

A radio-controlled (model) aircraft (often called RC aircraft or RC plane) is a small flying machine that is controlled remotely by an operator on the ground using a hand-held radio transmitter. The transmitter communicates with a receiver within the craft that sends signals to servomechanisms (servos) which move the control surfaces based on the position of joysticks on the transmitter. The control surfaces, in turn, affect the orientation of the plane.

Flying RC aircraft as a hobby has been growing worldwide with the advent of more efficient motors (both electric and miniature internal combustion or jet engines), lighter and more powerful batteries and less expensive radio systems. A wide variety of models and styles is available.

Scientific, government and military organizations are also utilizing RC aircraft for experiments, gathering weather readings, aerodynamic modeling and testing, and even using them as drones or spy planes.




Market Size:

  • Market Size of RC Drones/Planes is $11.3 Billion
  • Forecasted Market Size in 2020 is $140 Billion
  • Employment – 100,000+ by 2025
  • Annual Growth 10.9%
  • $40.9 Million Invested by U.S. venture Firms
  • Adjacent Market Values by 2020 is $8.9 Trillion Internet of things



  • Core consumers aged 35-39 about 13.9% followed by 05-09 aged group about 12.2%
  • 1% Male and 72% Female users are married
  • 1% people have secondary level educational qualification
  • 21% people are in occupation of service and sales
  • 6% people are engaged in wholesale and retail trade business
  • 7% are in assoc. professionals and technicians


Source: Shownearby


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Niche Demand


KeywordsAvg Monthly Searches
RC Airplanes23,750
RC Car253,650
RC Jet16,160
Radio Controlled 21,940
RC Drone14,020
Best Drone31,490
Drone Camera114,770
RC Quadcopter11,910


The table above shows the monthly searches on Google for this niche.

Combined they add up to an over 487,690 searches a month and that's not including the thousands of long tail keywords that we haven't covered.

This is a huge niche with a lot of demand.


Common Searches
RC Plane Camera
RC Helicopter Beginner
Indoor RC Helicopter
RC Predator Drone
UAV Drone RC Plane
RC Drone with camera
RC Drone with live camera
RC Drones Quadcopter
RC Plane kit
RC drone with camera
apex pro outdoor RC drone
RC drone helicopter
RC drone kits
large RC drone


Remote Controlled Drones for Sale
Radio Controlled Drone
RC Drones for Sale
RC Drones with Cameras
Long Range RC Drone


RC drone with camera
RC drone plane
RC drone shot down
RC drone Races
RC drone quadricopter
Who is a drone entrepreneur?
What does the drone bee do?
What is the difference between radio and remote controlled?
What is a drone?
How high does a Predator drone fly?
RC Plane
RC Helicopter


As you can see people are searching for everything from the RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters journey in the niche.

This shows just how passionate these audiences are about the niche.


Niche Growth & Monthly Searches

interest overtime


Look at the trend in interest in the RC drone.  As you can see this new niche is rising in interest faster than ever.

The concept of this niche was started after 2009 and within couple of years its popularity increases day by day and it isn’t going anywhere.


Sub-Niches To Explore

  • Drone Camera
  • Drone RC Camera
  • Helicopter drone
  • Quadcopter
  • RC Kits
  • Military Drones
  • Drones for Photography
  • RC Helicopters Gas Powered
  • Mini RC Helicopters
  • RC Helicopter Camera
  • Drones for Security
  • Drones for Farming
  • Drones for Fun
  • RC Drones for Exploration
  • How To Build RC Drones For Beginners
  • DIY RC Drones
  • DIY Helicopters
  • RC Drones for Filming
  • Mini RC Drones
  • Gas Powered RC Drones
  • UAV RC Helicopters
  • Solar Powered Drones
  • Solar Powered Helicopters
  • Solar Powered Drones DIY
  • Solar Powered Quadcopter
  • Quadcopter DIY
  • Quadcopter for Beginners
  • Budget RC Drones
  • Drones for Business Use
  • Drones for Agriculture
  • Drones for Deliveries
  • Drones for Seniors
  • Helicopters for Business Use
  • Quadcopters for Agriculture


May also be interested:

  • Hobbies
  • Electric Helicopter
  • RC car
  • Micro Plane
  • Indoor RC toys


Most Popular Content

Use the ideas here to create similar content for your site.


Most Popular ContentShares
RC X-Wing - Incom T-705.7k
RC Tie Interceptor - The empire strikes back4.5k
DJI Phantom FC40 RC Quadcopter Drone UAV WiFi Camera GPS 2 RTF Spy Aerial Vision 1.9k
Nano Drone - World's Smallest RC Quadcopter1.9k
RC Helicopters with 4 Channels STORM Racing Drone (RTF / Type-A)1.7


As you can see people excited and motivated to share content such as RC Quadcopter Drone and Nano Drone in this niche.


Domain Name Ideas


Domain Name


Influential People In The Niche


NameTwitter Handle
Kamzou L@kamzou08


These are the 5 most influential people in the market niche on RC Planes and Drones.

Network with them. Highlight or feature them in your content. Interview them. Use them to do research.

These people are NOT your enemy, but instead potential partners who can send you traffic and work with you.


Affiliate Products:

The types of items you can market to RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters Niche is apparent when you look at the offerings online.


Products on Amazon:

Amazon has over 123,541 products listed, ranging from just zero to Hundred dollars under this niche.


affiliate amazon products


Best Selling Products On Amazon:


Product Avg/PriceReviewsRating
UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera RTF Mode 2$47.502,2523.9
Eachine H8 Mini Headless Mode 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Nano RC Quadcopter Drone RTF Mode 2 (Black)$18.99453.7
Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter Drone with Camera$52.001,7854.2
Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro, Blue$19.993,7114.2
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter *Colors Vary$16.003,6614.2
Horizon Hobby HobbyZone Sport Cub S RTF$129.99654.3


There will always be newer and better products which means buying the latest and items that will generate sales as well as repeat sales for you.



Products Available On Other Platforms



There are number of products related to the topic on CB. Incorporate these items from Clickbank to maximize profits.


Rc Helicopters, The Pilot's Essetials$3.3150.0%0.42
How To Speed Up Your Slow 3 Channel Rc HelicopterN/A60.0%0.00
Article Master Series V3$0.8850.0%2.23
50.0% Commission 15000 Private Label Articles $8.7050.0%0.22


Most Clickbank products offer 50-65% commission meaning generous payouts.


Retailers on

There are over 51 merchants on ShareASale selling items related to RC Helicopter.




Most Popular:


MerchantCommissionCookie Length
Hobbywow5.00%90 days 8.00%90 days
TOMTOP Technology Co., Ltd. 8.00%30 days
Tours4Fun1.00%10 days


Retailers on

There is many retailer on with affiliate programs related to RC Helicopter.


RetailerCommission3 Month EPC
AirsoftRC9.00% $0.74
Banggood Network CO,.LIMITED3 – 7%New
Trend Times Toys5%$1.44


Other Affiliate Programs & Offers

These are independently run affiliate programs.


RetailerCommission Cookie
Xheli 5%Unknown
Toy Store Affiliate ProgramUnknown120 Days
Rc Helicopters (The Pilot’s Essentials) Affiliate Program50.00%Unknown


CPA & Other Offers


OfferCommission or PayoutCookieTypeNetwork
Dandybids Mini Drone - IRELAND & SOUTH AFRICA$21.00N/
Dandybids Mini Drone - NEW ZEALAND$17.50N/
Rc Helicopters, The Pilot's Essetials50%N/ARevshareClickBank
DealExtreme ( Cost Per Sale & Quick Payout [INTERNATIONAL]$1.00N/




TitleAuthorPriceStar RatingReviews
How To Pilot a Quadcopter Drone: Featuring the Hubsan X4John J. Powers III$2.99
Clone Drones (O'Rourke Crime Novels Book 3)RC Carter and JP Carter$0.995.06
First Flight: A Beginner's Guide to RC Airplanes: How to Buy the Right Plane and Teach Yourself to Fly!Stephen Weber$2.994.69
Electric RC Aircraft: A Complete ResourceDVG Concepts$3.993.124
RC Helicopters: The Pilot's EssentialsPaul Lawrence$7.9951


Google Play Books


Title Author Price
A Theory of the DroneGrŽgoire Chamayou$18.09
How to Start a Hobby in RC PlanesLarita Ivers$5.12
Remote Control HelicoptersDavid Norcross$9.14
RC Racing It's More Than Just A Hobby: Fulfill Your Need For Speed In The Thrilling Sport Of Remote Control RacingKMS Publishing$3.03


Google Play Apps


AR.FreeFlight 2.4.10Free
3D Drone Flight Simulator GameFree
Quadcopter FX SimulatorFree
RC Plane 2Free
Absolute RC Plane SimFree
RC Helicopter Flight SimulatorFree


Udemy Courses


Course# of LecturesRating# of ReviewsPrice
Stunning Aerial Videography and Photography Using Drones765.042

Construye un drone quadrotor desde cero364.619$46
Learn How to Resolve Forces in Easy Steps135.06$25
PRO Level Drone Aerial Video / Photo using Multirotor Drones624.84$49
Model and Present a 3d Drone using Maya and Keyshot2100$29


iTunes Apps


CourseCategoryStar RatingReviews
RC Drone – QuadcopterGames4+40
Drone Strike : Zombie Warfare 3D Flight SimGames4+42
Rc Plane 2Games4+36747
Absolute RC Plane SimGames3+1654
RC Heli 2Games4+5015


Blogs, Forums And Social Media 

Use these forums, blogs and social media groups to get content ideas, network, drive traffic and inspiration.

Google blog search shows almost 101,000,000 pages, so there's no shortage of content ideas and bloggers to network with.


Top RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters Blogs:


BlogSocial MediaEmail List
Drones ETCYesNo
DIY DronesYesNo
The RC Airplane Addict "Blog"NoNo
RC GroupsNoNo
RC Airplanes SimplifiedNoNo
RC Planes for BegineersNoNo


Use these blogs for content ideas, networking opportunities, guest posting, traffic and more.


Top RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters Forums


Drone Forum
Indoor & Micro Electric PlanesUnknown932
Micro Sized Electric HelicoptersUnknown2,156


These are some of the top forums catering to RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters.

The membership numbers clearly show how simple it can be for you to discover and help solve issues for your audience and traffic to your site can start pouring in.


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Social Media

Facebook has tens of 1000’s of people interested in RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters. It's a great place to network, advertise, get traffic, meet others in the niche and more.


Facebook Most Popular Pages


Page # of Likes
Average Drone RC9,392
Rc quadrocopter – DRONE1,195
Rc plane29,600
Rc air planes3,104
RC Helicopter32,163


Facebook Most Popular Groups


RC Helicopters and Planes
RC Helicopter Pilots2,495
RC --► Drone, Hélicoptère, Avion837
Rc Plane Swap Shop2,478


Most Popular YouTube Channels


ChannelVideo #Subscribers
Drone Camps RC7013,976
ROTORS! The RC Helicopter Show63972
RC-Heli-Action 1202,402


Popular Reddit Groups


UAS Drone AircraftN/A
RC Heli19
RC Helicopter Guides2


Scoop It Groups


FPV, drones, multirotors, RC helicopters1,000
FinAero - Helsinki RC Flyers - RC Planes466
Best RC Helicopters Reviews54


Pinterest Pinners


Rc Plane30
Cool RC Drone3,443
RC Drone188
RC Helicopter Select167



When there are magazines on the subject this is a great sign of a profitable market passionate people.


Magazine NamePrice
Fly RC Magazine$19.95 (for 12 issues)
Model Helicopter World$100 (for 12 issues)
Rc Model Aeroplane$169.26 (for 12 issues)


Websites Sold On

Seeing websites that have already sold in the niche show a profitable and in demand niche.

It's also a great idea to get a look at what successful site owners have done and emulate them.


SiteSold For$299$14,000$3,250$185,000$3,500$400


Why Are People In This Niche

  • There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do. Playing with RC Drones, Planes and Helicopters now become hobbies for many people around the world - there are tons of ways and angles for you as a marketers to enter as there's tons of hobbies and sub-niches to dominate here.
  • RC Drones, Planes and Helicopters are used in cartography, topography, feature recognition, archaeology and GIS applications providing information on terrestrial - this niche is going to change the way people do things so they need someone like yourself to show them what they need to achieve their goals.
  • Small RC Drones operators are quickly finding a foothold in digital photogrammetric mapping and ortho photography services - another great way for yourself to find an angle in this profitable niche.
  • Drones can provide public safety officials real time video footage in areas hard hit by natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes - you can take control of this angle and show what people need (RC drones, helicopters) to cover disasters like the ones mentioned.
  • Filmmakers are finding that a well-operated multi-rotor aircraft capable of carrying cinema quality video cameras can be a less expensive and more versatile - you can position yourself an authority and show what film makers need so they can properly do their job. Do the research for them and dominate your sub-niche.
  • Using drones in precision agriculture and crop surveillance can drastically reduce the time required walking the fields and high cost of using commercially piloted aircraft - people need to know what drones / RC helicopters for these purposes and they can't do so without someone showing them. So take advantage of this.
  • Video from unmanned aerial systems is being used to secure sensitive locations and areas from unwanted trespassers to detecting and documenting theft - security is a huge advantage with drones, as a marketer this is your opportunity to reveal what they need to properly achieve a higher level of security.


Most Common Topics And Questions

These questions / topics are problems that need solving. Solve them in your content and through your product recommendations and you'll have a happy audience ready to spend money.

Amazon, Clickbank and other networks have products which cater to these problems.

  • What is the difference between drone and aircrafts?
  • What to operate RC Plane or Helicopter?


Who's Advertising In The Niche

Advertising is a strong sign of a profitable niche. People don't spend money on ads if they can't profit from it.

These are the 4 major advertisers on


RC Drone for Sales‎‎RC Drone
RC Helicopters and Drones‎RC Drone and Helicopter
Top RC Drones for SaleHigh quality drones
RC Helicam Store‎Experts in Helicams and RC Drones


Blog Topic Ideas

These are some proven blog topic ideas that would work well in this niche:

  1. How To Fly Your First RC Helicopter!
  2. The Advantages of Electric RC Helicopters
  3. Facts About RC Helicopters
  4. Getting The Facts Co Axial Vs Single Rotor RC Helicopters
  5. Major Facts About RC Helicopters
  6. Dos and Donts When Purchasing an RC Helicopter
  7. What You Need to Know About the RC Helicopter Hobby
  8. Flying RC Helicopters The Best Hobby Ever
  9. Information on RC Helicopters for New Hobbyists
  10. RC Helicopter: How to Find the Right Model to Match Your Skill Level

For more ideas check out the following resources:



Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • RC Planes, Drones & Helicopters is a new market and is highly profitable - it's not going anywhere so it's perfect for any marketer to get involved with.
  • It's worth $8.9 Trillion so now is the perfect time to get involved - and it's only growing.
  • Over 487,690 people are searching for just the most obvious keywords every month – showing huge online demand.
  • The target audience is both male and female aged 35 to 39 tend to have disposable income to spend – you can benefit from that spending.
  • Between the social media hubs and forums there's around 157,000 members meaning a huge pool of engaged traffic to tap into.
  • There's an endless array of content ideas in the niche including popular ones like “Difference between drones and aircrafts” and “Major facts about RC plane, drone & helicopters” – create similar content but better and it's almost guaranteed to go viral.
  • People are passionate about this topic and ready to spend money, you can see they already buy RC quadcopter and RC drone with Camera it may as well be spent with you.
  • There's endless problems from how to pilot a drone or helicopter to Laws to fly drones and every problem as a product available which solves it – sell these as an affiliate.
  • There's plenty of good domain names available including and org – pick one and get started.



How To 'Hack' Your Way Into The Niche

You can have an up-to-date and relevant authority site on RC Plane, Drone & Helicopters..

This niche has got it all – an obsessive audience with money to spend lots of products on sale, tons of social media sites, loads of blogs and forums with an easy to reach target audience.

You drive traffic from blog commenting, guest posting, forum marketing, interacting on social media with influencers.

You get your content ideas from seeing what's popular on other RC Plane, Drone & Helicopters blogs and related blogs and simply write something bigger and better, bolder and stronger.  Make the other ones pale in comparison.

Your profits can grow in no time thanks to the passionate audience in this exciting niche market.

By networking with others in the niche, sharing their content and linking to them, your website will grow.  Just watch as they return the favor.

And don't forget to build your email list so you can continue to build your relationship with your audience, drive traffic back to your newest content, and promote to your audience


What You'll Need To Get Started:

  • A reliable web-host from the likes of WP-Engine (or Bluehost if you're on a budget)
  • Image & graphics from Photodune from $1 (don't take images from Google you'll end up in legal trouble)
  • An auto-responder to build your email list and contact your customers – Aweber is just $1
  • The number #1 email capture tool on the market – OptinMonster, so you can grow your list fast.
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What You Can Use This Report For

There are no limits as to what you can use this niche report for, you'll find it useful whether you're looking to research new blog ideas, small product review sites, ecommerce, info-products or other business models.

HOWEVER most of the reports I create, including this one, make great topics for authority sites and blogs as I give you niches where there's a lot of money being spent AND huge demand, big online communities (forums, blogs, social media groups), lots of influential people to network with and a ton of good affiliate products to promote and more.

These niches make for great authority sites / blogs as they have multiple traffic sources, different ways to monetize, endless content ideas, easy to find traffic, scope for growth and more.

How you choose to use them is up to you but make sure you DO use them as simply researching will get you nowhere...taking action will!


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  1. Rino says:

    Thanks for this, but how do I get accepted by Amazon if I don't have a website yet, I have heard they can be very very difficult to join.


    • Nader Qudimat says:

      Hi Rino,

      Since I don't know, or have any experience with Amazon affiliates without a website, I wouldn't be able to help you out 100% and be certain about it.

      But as long as you have some kind of a social media account with a couple hundred followers, or at least a free "blogspot" website with all the content/ pages required, then you should be able to get accepted.

      They just need something to look at and say "This is a real person with good intentions, not a spammer or a robot".

      All that being said, and knowing that I'm not 100% certain, you should just have a website. you'll be 100% in control of it and you'll be able to maximize your position as a authority.

      Hope that helps..

      You should contact Amazon or join their forums and ask :).

  2. Dalton says:

    Thank you for the article, great job.

  3. ken says:

    You guys have to do better than this, man. My mom can tell you that drones are hot right now. I come to this site for insight and to teach me show me something that I wouldn't have thought of myself.

    • NicheHacks says:

      We're sorry that you're a genius who knows everything. Not much we can do about that. 😀

      • Ken says:


        I'm not saying I'm a genius. I was honestly trying to give a little bit of criticism that I thought would help. Sorry.


        • Nader Qudimat says:

          What criticism, I think we may have missed that?

          We understand you want to learn something that you haven't thought yourself...

          Like what? Like Ant-Fighting robots? 😀

          • Ken says:

            Look, fellas', I really didn't mean to get everyone's attention. It was just a non-positive comment. Had I known the skin was so thin, I would't have left the comment. But, to clarify...I meant that I wanted NicheHacks to show me a niche that is NOT already getting over-run. I'm just saying...don't show me the trending niches (there are 5 drone sites on Flippa right now) me the next niches. I read here often and I would love to see one of those one day. Again, I didn't know this would be such an issue. After reading other posts I see that you mostly get very positive comments and that's great. I was just being honest. I'll continue to read, though, as I love the majority of content here.

          • NicheHacks says:

            We show niches that people can make money from. Not niches no one knows about because well they don't exist anyway (someone else always knows) and if no one actually knows about them they aren't profitable , not in demand, no customers, nothing to sell....and useless to us as online marketers.

            22 drone sites on Flippa right now is a FANTASTIC sign. It means the niche is hot and money to be made. Instead of looking for reasons NOT to enter this niche you'd be better off jumping right in and making money from it.

            What do you think will be easier to sell to the general public? A niche site about drones which everyone knows is hot and in demand or a site about something no one has heard of and isn't profitable yet? Yeah. 😉

          • Ken says:

            Actually, I miscounted...there are 22 drone sites for sale on Flippa.

  4. AdrianLee says:

    I hacked into this niche before this post came out. Sold a few thousand dollar drones via Amazon. But now all is quiet. No more sales. Much less traffic. What is a best way to beat the crowded competition in this drone niche?

    • Nader Qudimat says:

      Hi Adrian Lee,

      Is your site still live? I'm guessing the worst thing you can do is try to outdo the competition unless you've got the funds and resources.

      So if I were in your shoes, I would try to zoom into a sub niche and specialize into a field of this niche, I would be the "go-to" guy for it.

      Stuart here is the go-to guy for profitable niches over here on NicheHacks, so maybe you could be the go to guy for security drones, or drones that are eco-friendly, etc.

      I was going to hack into this niche myself but I figured I should try to master my own website and grow it before starting a dozen other projects lol.

  5. cathy says:

    Thanks, I enjoyed all this information, I am just starting out and trying to do some online marketing. affiliate with clickbank and others. advertising on facebook using a page set up to link to a specific opt in page of my website. hoping to gain an email list as well as get some affiliate commissions. thanks again

  6. Really enjoyed.
    Will try to start a new niche site on this drones

    • Nader Qudimat says:

      Hey Bharath, yeah drones is a great one and it isn't going anywhere. Get into a sub niche and be the go to guy for it!