On Twitter, Google’s Gary Illyes said that they can also ignore links from Forbes and Entrepreneur.com if these links are artificial:
First, I doubt they can actually pull that off. Second, we're pretty good at ignoring links, regardless of the site.— Gary Illyes ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ (@methode) 8. Juni 2017
Don’t forget that Google also gets the paid link solicitations from dubious link vendors. If you know about a paid link scheme, chances are that Google with its thousands of employees also knows about this paid link scheme.
Do not use paid links to promote your website.