atlrus - 6:35 pm on Feb 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have to completely disagree with this for my widgets.
These days it's a nightmare trying to rank my 18 year old example.com, it's mostly been blown out by .co.uk sites even though it still ranks extremely well in G.com
For some keywords ALL I see are Chinese and Indian .com, mostly directory, sites ranking in the top ten and I have to add UK to the search to find any meaningful G.co.uk SERPs.
Well, this actually proves my point.
As far as you having a hard time ranking .com and being beaten by .co.uk - this has nothing to do with your domain extension, you are simply outranked by websites which happen to have .co.uk as TLD.