jmccormac - 11:49 am on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
@Petrogold It could be due to the way that people remember things. They remember the name of a shop and that the shop is on a certain street or in a certain area of the city. A ccTLD is like a city or even a country in that people know and remember, to some extent, the sites that they regularly visit. The gTLDs are like a place that people go on holidays. They may remember where they have visited but they are not going to regularly visit it. There is that sense of "us" about a ccTLD that a gTLD does not have. This could mean that people think in terms of places, names and brands when it comes to ccTLDs but they think in terms of generics when they deal with gTLDs. The type-in traffic in .com is due to people typing in a term and expecting that such a website exists. The volume of type-in traffic appears to make this kind of direct navigation work because the traffic is coming from everywhere. However with ccTLDs, the majority of the traffic will be typically be from that country. People from outside that country searching for something in a ccTLD will typically use a search engine thus bypassing the whole type-in traffic route.