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Google's algo doesn't care about the TLD
But users often assume any domain is a .com so there's a slight minus factor for your market.
Whilst it may be possible to get a .us to perform well in the USA it's very unlikely to perform well outside of that geographical region.
Whilst it may be possible to get a .us to perform well in the USA(emphasis mine).
is that right, or am I reading too much into it?
Many people remember the unique token for a website, but they do not remember the ".net" or whatever TLD is used, if it's not .com. They just type in .com automatically, and that shaves off a little bit of traffic.
...therefore could you live with an exampleLLC, Inc, Ltd etc?
Registrars charge a premium for a .tv domain and it's often targeted for heavy video content...
While personally I could live with widgetsshop.com
Is it actually a shop an office or warehouse, a retail or wholsale business...
.... determines a few location-based aspects of user's intent, including "what", "where" (target location), local intent and travel intent. It then displays the target location on the map and also provides the location-based or topic-based query suggestions. [adlab.msn.com...]
For me it's puzzling because I see totally different sets of results for the same query on different Google ccTLD's involving results from different website ccTLD's.
Perhaps the answer may lie in where your inbound links are from to the greatest degree - but really I'm not sure.